Kiewa Valley enjoys tree day celebrations

Mayor Cr Nino Mautone joined with community members on Sunday, 29 August to celebrate National Tree Day by planting native shrubs and grasses along Junction Creek in Tawonga South.

The site, adjoining the footbridge at Vails Road, was one of 3,500 sites around Australia involved in National Tree Day celebrations that attracted over 300,000 volunteers.

Cr Mautone said while the day had obvious environmental benefits, he was particularly impressed by the amount of community involvement in the restoration of the creek and gully.

“To see the community involvement on Sunday and the ongoing work by the ‘Friends of the Gully’ and the local Landcare group shows how important preserving and enhancing our natural environment is to the Tawonga South community,” he said.

“It is important that future generations are able to enjoy our unique environment that makes the Alpine Shire one of the most beautiful places to live and visit in Australia.”

Celebrating its 15th year, National Tree Day, organised by Planet Ark is Australia’s largest community tree planting and nature care event, which over the years is responsible for planting 15 million native trees and shrubs by more than 2 million volunteers.

Sunday, 1 August was the official date of National Tree Day, however celebrations are often held in the weeks surrounding the official date.

Anyone interested in volunteering in environmental programs throughout the Shire are invited to contact Council’s Environment Officer on (03) 5755 0555.

Cathy Gunn from 'Friends of the Gully' in Tawonga South and Mayor Cr Nino Mautone plant a native shrub on Sunday.

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