Rotary plants 100 trees at Beaudesert

RAIN was a welcome addition to the party as Beaudesert Rotary and Scenic Rim Regional Council joined together to plant 100 trees at Waters Creek on Sunday.

Rotary president Lesley Turton said the trees planted included gum-topped box, bloodwood, weeping bottlebrush, native frangipani and broad leaved apple.

“Of these, gum-topped box, broad leaved apple and bloodwood are koala trees,” Ms Turton said.

“We hope to have ongoing involvement and future plantings and make a eucalyptus forest. “

Ms Turton said the Waters Creek reserve was part of a wildlife corridor and covered a total area of just over 32 acres.

“The wild life corridor goes under the Mount Lindesay Highway and spreads from the bridge to the Logan River,” she said.

“Animal species in the region include koala, kangaroos, echidnas, carpet snakes and wild birds including fairy wrens rosellas, lorikeets, galahs and kookaburras.

“The vegetation ecosystem is actually an of concern ecosystem, meaning its under threat from vegetation clearing.

“So restoring this ecosystem is more important than ever.”

Ms Turton said pathways and walking trails were envisaged in the future, with Scenic Rim Regional Council hoping to introduce nature-based recreation into the site.

“This was a very worthwhile project for the Rotary Club of Beaudesert to be involved with, enriching the local animal habitat and benefiting future generations of animals and the community,” she said.

Among the planting party were Beaudesert Rotary members, several council employees with Cr Michael Enright, Belgian exchange student Pauline Daxhelet and young Mununjali men Pinjarra Mason and Thelim Lane.

Ms Turton said the initiative formed part of council’s One Million Trees program with the aim of planting one million trees by 2025.