10,000th seedling milestone to be celebrated

Published on 20 May 2022

Children planting seedlings in the Shire of Murray

The Shire of Murray will celebrate it’s 10,000th community-planted seedling as part of the World Environment Day’s Planting in the Park event on Saturday 25th June after it was postponed due to bad weather.

For the last three years, green-fingered locals have helped plant seedlings along the banks of the Murray River in South Yunderup as part of a wider initiative to improve the local waterway and amenity.

With growing local interest in sustainability and the environment, the Shire of Murray event has attracted more and more families who want to contribute to the protection and enhancement of the local environment.

This year it’s expected that the 10,000th seedling will be planted by one lucky person at the Willow Gardens Foreshore Reserve. Families in particular are encouraged to attend with children having been engrossed and enthusiastic about the planting in previous years.

The planting day has been made possible through funding from the Shire of Murray, Landcare SJ, Alcoa Foundation, and the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council.

A free sausage sizzle with a vegetarian option will be available, as will a coffee van to provide a caffeine boost to busy planters.

Environment and community information and activities will also be available including a chance to meet black cockatoos, learn more about the benefits of planting flora for native birds, and get updates on foreshore restoration works.

The planting day will be held between 9:00am and 1:00pm. The nearest parking is at the Murray River end of Pelican Road in South Yunderup.

Shire of Murray President Cr. David Bolt said community events like this reflect one of the Shire’s focus areas in the Murray region over the next decade:

“Our community has told us that protecting and enhancing our environment should be a key priority for us. When local people and stakeholders come together to join us through initiatives like this, it really shows what can be done. To be nearing our 10,000th seedling planted as part of this initiative is amazing work”.

Peel-Harvey Catchment Council Chairman Caroline Knight added “Restoring the vegetation corridors along our streams and rivers is vital to improving the health of these waterways. Revegetation reduces bank erosion, increases the uptake and removal of nutrients before they reach the river, and enhances habitat for species such as Rakali (our native water rat), and fish through the provision of shade and structure. Community planting events such as this one on the Murray River enables community members to play their role in waterways protection.”

Those wanting to make their mark and plant a piece of history can come along at any point between 9am and 1pm on Saturday 25th June at the Willow Gardens Foreshore Reserve.

Map of the Planting event