Generations of support for Community Planting Day
On Sunday 30 July 2017, 24 hardworking volunteers, with representatives from the Swan Bay Environment Association and Point Lonsdale Coastcare Group, braved the winter weather to pitch in at the ninth annual Community Planting Day.
Volunteers from a range of age groups, even one in a pram, planted 300 indigenous plants from 20 individual species into the Dog Beach Car Park and Lovers Walk areas of the Narrows coastal moonah woodland.
Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor, Councillor Tony Francis, was in attendance with his sleeves rolled up and ready to work. In his speech, Cr Francis spoke of Council’s appreciation for the efforts of the volunteers.
“It’s heartwarming to see the generations coming together on days like today,” said Cr Francis. “Some people have been to every one of the past nine Community Planting Days, and for others it is their first visit. No matter where people fall into this timeline, we thank everyone for taking the time to come and participate.”
The Community Planting Day was hosted in celebration of National Tree Day by the Bellarine Catchment Network, the Swan Bay Environment Association and the Borough of Queenscliffe, with indigenous plants provided by the Queenscliff Community Indigenous Nursery.
Cr Francis thanked the Bellarine Catchment Network, the Queenscliff Community Nursery and the Swan Bay Environment Association for their support of the event, and the remarkable work they do for environmental causes in the Borough.
A significant event will be planned to mark the tenth anniversary of the Community Planting Day in 2018. Further details will provided closer to next year’s National Tree Day on Sunday 29 July.