FIVE thousand native trees and shrubs will be planted along Canungra Creek this year through the federal government’s 20 Million Trees Program and the Green Army initiative.
The Scenic Rim Regional Council and Wright MP Scott Buchholz worked together to get $44,000 of federal government funding for the project, which will start in February.
It is one of three projects in Scenic Rim to share in $170,000 of federal funding, with $88,440 granted to plant 10,000 trees and shrubs at Back Creek in Beechmont and $37,510 granted to plant 4000 trees and shrubs at Il Bogan Park in Beaudesert.
Two Green Army teams will work on the three projects from February 22 until July.
Wright MP Scott Buchholz said federal funding for the projects was key to not only helping the environment but also making a strong different in the lives of participants.
“Seeing the progress of Green Army participants during the last project at Canungra, seeing their feeling of worth grow and seeing them learn valuable skills on the job – showed me just how much of a difference can be made through the 20 Million Trees and Green Army programs,” he said.
“This is a worthwhile investment in our environment and our youth and I look forward to seeing the progress made through these three projects.”
Scenic Rim Mayor John Brent, who visited the sites with Mr Buchholz and Deputy Mayor Virginia West, said the 20 Million Trees projects would give Green Army participants the chance to get more experience in environmental work.
“I have met with many of the Green Army participants who have enthusiastically worked on improving the local environmental and I am proud to sponsor this program that provides hands-on experience in conservation and land management for our youth and simultaneously benefits our natural environment,” he said.