7 March 2013
12,000 new trees for the Redlands
Redland Mayor Karen Williams this week joined SEQ catchments and Energex to plant new trees at Homestead Park, Mount Cotton, which will restore wildlife habitat. And on Saturday 23 March the community is invited to pitch in and help to plant trees at a community planting event, hosted by SEQ Catchments and Energex, and including a sausage sizzle. Cr Williams said the tree planting project highlighted the benefits of working in partnership with other organisations to deliver on-ground results for the Redlands, at no cost to Council. “It is an important partnership that will deliver value for the community, protect and restore habitats and improve water quality, all of which contribute to keeping our city green and beautiful,” Cr Williams said. SEQ Catchments Chief Executive Officer Simon Warner said the project aims to provide wildlife corridors between existing bushland areas. “A total of 12,000 trees, including koala food trees, are being planted over 12 hectares at the site. “A range of native trees are being planted to replicate what once would have been the natural environment of the area.” The 23 March planting event is perfect for all ages of the community, with volunteers only needing to spend a couple of hours to restore habitat in the Redlands. People wanting to help with the planting should bring their own drinking water and wear appropriate sun protection and fully-enclosed shoes. All equipment will be provided. This project is being delivered by SEQ Catchments in partnership with Redland City Council on behalf of Energex, to meet environmental offset commitments for upgrades to energy distribution networks in the Redland City. This project is one example of Energex’s commitment to meaningful environmental outcomes in south-east Queensland. Media information (not for publication): Redland City Council contact: Melissa Brooks, Senior Communications Adviser │Environment Ph. 3829 8141 E. [email protected]
SEQ Catchments media contact: Sibel Korhaliller Ph: 07 3503 1425 [email protected]
Energex media contact: Energex Corporate Communications Ph: 07 3664 4420 (bh), 07 3664 5191 (ah) Email: [email protected]
Community Planting When: Saturday 23 May, 9 am – 11.30am Where: Homestead Park, Mt Cotton. Parking is off Bohemia Ct, just off Valley Way. From the car park follow the signs 400m to the planting site. Image: High resolution image available on request.
From left to right: Mark Paton – Group Environment Manager, Energex; Simon Warner – CEO, SEQ Catchments and Redland City Mayor Karen Williams.