Lord Mayor plants two millionth tree
Monday, 6 February 2012
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today planted the milestone two millionth tree in Council’s 2 Million Trees Program, delivering his commitment a month ahead of schedule.
The Lord Mayor said Council had invested about $27 million in the green initiative, filling Brisbane’s parks, open spaces and even disused landfill sites with a huge range of native trees to protect the environmental future of the city.
“I have an unwavering commitment to making Brisbane Australia’s most clean and green city and am very proud to deliver on my administration’s promise to plant two million trees,” Cr Quirk said.
“In just over three years, Council has revegetated 78 sites across the city and no area has been too big or too small to tackle, with officers planting up to 80,000 trees on larger sites and filling the smallest sites of one hectare with 4000 trees at a time.
“With this milestone, Council is well on the way to reaching our goal of restoring 40 per cent of Brisbane’s natural green space by 2026, greatly improving our biodiversity.
“This is the largest revegetation scheme of its type in the world, and further proof that Brisbane is truly Australia’s new world city.”
Cr Quirk said this was the second major environmental milestone Council had reached in the past six months.
“In July last year, Council met its target of securing 500 hectares of environmentally significant land by 2012 through its Bushland Acquisition Program,” he said.
“The 500 hectare target was achieved nine months ahead of schedule, but since then we have secured another 68 hectares of environmentally significant land and yet another 20 hectares are set to be secured by this financial year.”
Among the suburbs that have benefitted greatly from the 2 Million Trees program are Wacol and Mt Crosby with upwards of 250,000 trees planted across several sites in these areas.
The Lord Mayor was joined by local environmental groups at the Mt Gravatt Lookout today to plant the two millionth tree and unveil a plaque commemorating the milestone.
Council will continue to invest in the 2 Million Trees program over the next two years to maintain the planting sites.