June 29, 2022

Trees to be planted across Indi to mark Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

More than $90,000 will flow to Indi to plant trees across the electorate of Indi to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Independent Federal Member for Indi Helen Haines has announced.

Dr Haines congratulated the nine successful groups from across Indi on receiving the federal funding.

“These projects are unique and will improve towns across Indi, both environmentally and visually. Increasing tree cover is good for local wildlife and for keeping us cooler in the warm Summer months,” Dr Haines said.

“Planting trees to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will leave a lasting reminder of the significant length of service of Her Royal Highness for decades to come.”

In Wodonga 700 trees will be planted by the Wodonga Urban Landcare Network, along waterways, in parks, and public land. Approximately five hectares of land will be treated for woody weeds as part of the process and a commemorative entrance gateway with signage will be constructed to honour the Queen’s 70 years of service.

Yarrunga Primary School in Wangaratta will plant mature Eucalyptus Caesia or ‘Silver Princess‘ gumtrees as part of the Our Silver Space project, with the trees to feature in the front garden and along the streetscape and facade of the school.

The Benalla Lions Club has been awarded $2500 to plant trees in the memorial garden, with Australian natives to be added to the existing floral establishment.

The Mansfield Agricultural and Pastoral Society has been awarded $15,000 for succession planning for old elm trees around the showgrounds, and to plant more stand-alone trees around the arenas to provide shade.

The entrances to the township of Alexandra will be enhanced with the planting of new trees under a successful project by Alexandra and District Open Gardens.

The Tablelands Community Centre in Ruffy and the Terip Terip Recreation Ground will also see new trees planted as part of the Tablelands Community Centre’s Canopies for Koalas project. The planting ceremony will include a workshop on how to successfully plant advanced trees and tube stock.

In Dederang, trees will be planted along the highway beside the Dederang Recreation Reserve, with older members of the community to be encouraged to take part.

The Upper Murray Landcare Network will plant trees at four sites across the Upper Murray, with students from Corryong College to take part in the planting. The large geographic area will allow many people from across the area to get involved.

Tawonga Primary School will plant two trees as part of their education program about the momentous occasion of the Queen’s Jubilee.

The ‘Planting Trees for the Queen’s Jubilee’ Program is supporting eligible groups and organisations to honour The Queen and the legacy of her achievements during the year of her Jubilee through community-based commemorative tree planting events. Planting regionally appropriate species that enhance the tree canopy will also leave a legacy of its own—in the form of trees flourishing across the nation for Australians to enjoy into the future.

The program provides each federal electorate up to $100,000 in grants for up to 10 projects nominated by the local federal member of parliament, in consultation with their local community. Grants range from $2,500 to $20,000 per project.

The Australian program complements the ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’ initiative in the United Kingdom and other similar programs across the Commonwealth.

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