August 2 2017: Council supports Planet Ark Tree Day
Sunday 6th August, 2017 is the date for the next public picnic at the Johnstone River Community Gardens. The newly formed gardens governing body, Johnstone River Community Garden Inc. (JRCG Inc.) will be hosting the 2017 official Planet Ark National Tree Day event on behalf of the Cassowary Coast Regional Council who has registered the activity on the National Tree Day Register.
Commencing at 9am the program of activities will include plant propagation, site preparation, a riverbank tree planting and planting site maintenance. This year's riverbank planting will be a continuation of the revegetation of the North Johnstone River adjacent to JRCG. Since 2010 Cassowary Coast Regional Council has supported the garden group and community under the auspice of the Johnstone Regional Landcare Group to rehabilitate and revegetate the 400m long reserve. Over 6000 endemic specimens have been planted to strengthen the diversity along this important wildlife corridor as part of previous years National Tree Day and National Schools Tree Day events.
Councillor Mark Nolan is an avid supporter of the Community Gardens and is very passionate about Planet Ark Tree Day saying, "Recent scientific studies via global mapping shows billions of trees are removed from the planet every year so whatever we can do in a country like Australia is significant. The reason it is significant is that we have huge demands on all levels of government to improve the water quality flowing to the Great Barrier Reef and trees are a proven, natural buffer to filter debris, sediments and nutrients."
Councillor Nolan said, "This generation is contributing to the legacy we leave for our children. Every tree we plant is an investment for our children and their legacy. The Cassowary Coast may be a small part in comparison to the big picture but as a community we can make a difference."
As a National Tree Day Partner, Toyota Australia will again be represented on the day by our local John Cole Toyota dealership team.
Aside from the mornings revegetation activities a Garden Harvest lunch will be available, highlighting nutritious, locally sourced fruit and salads, much of which is provided by the Community Garden itself. Councillor Nolan said, "The activities held at the Community Gardens are not only an opportunity for garden enthusiasts but a wonderful opportunity for people to come together and enjoy the social interaction and companionship."
With a Garden Tour and opportunity to sign up as a Garden Group Member or Allotment Holder available, this event has something for individuals and families of all ages and abilities, all you need is a hat and sunscreen. The Johnstone River Community Gardens is located on the grounds of Innisfail State College off Flying Fish Point Road. Details about this and upcoming events are available on the CCRC website www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au, JRCG Facebook page, E: email@example.com or contacting the Coordinator Bernard Holden directly on 0403 523 244.