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Beautifying our streets one tree at a time

20 June 2017

Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Cr Carolyn Tillman chats to Western Downs resident Joy Sturgess about Council's new 'Adopt a Street Tree' initiative.

Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Cr Carolyn Tillman chats to Western Downs resident Joy Sturgess about Council’s new ‘Adopt a Street Tree’ initiative.

Western Downs Regional Council is calling on residents to help keep our towns beautiful and our streets green and healthy by participating in the new ‘Adopt a Street Tree’ program, launched as part of its 2017/18 Budget.

  • With a focus on investing in the growth and liveability of our communities, Council’s 2017/18 Budget will see towns revitalised through a range of projects and initiatives this financial year;
  • The ‘Adopt a Street Tree’ Program will bring our communities along the journey of beautifying our towns by giving them the opportunity to adopt a street tree, which will be planted in front of their home for them to care for;
  • By adopting a street tree, residents will contribute to creating valued, welcoming and connected community spaces right across our region.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said Council is encouraging residents to show their community pride by helping to create greener streets for the future.

“We’re very lucky to have a great mix of spaces, places and people across the Western Downs, with our residents taking pride in their communities,” he said.

“Adopting a street tree is a really simple way for residents to contribute to enriching our communities and foster pride, as well as play an active role in boosting liveability across our region.

“By participating in the new ‘Adopt a Street Tree’ program, you’ll be helping us beautify our region, creating healthier, happier and closer communities.”

Council Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Councillor Carolyn Tillman said the ‘Adopt a Street Tree’ program will invest straight back into our communities by developing and supporting the growth of our towns.

“The program is open to all towns across the Western Downs and it’s free to register your interest. We’ve selected a range of suitable trees that will not only thrive locally but create beautiful streetscapes across our region,” she said.

“By adopting a tree you’re not only helping the environment and improving your town’s streetscapes, but in the longer term street trees also increase property values, boost economic development, and contribute to improved community wellbeing.

“The ‘Adopt a Street Tree’ program is a great opportunity for our communities to work alongside Council to create shady and more attractive residential streetscapes for you and your family to live.

“Register for this year’s planting program before 31 July by submitting a form online at Council’s website or by calling our friendly customer service team on 1300 COUNCIL.”

For more information on how you can participate in the ‘Adopt a Street Tree’ Program visit our webpage or call 1300 COUNCIL.

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Media Contact:
Cr Paul McVeigh | Mayor, Western Downs Regional Council | 0408 700 392

Cr Carolyn Tillman | Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries | 0401 662 352