Scenic Rim council introduces biodiversity policy to aid One Million Trees program

GREEN THUMB: Beaudesert Rotary Club and Scenic Rim Regional Council joined together to plant 100 trees at Waters Creek last year.
GREEN THUMB: Beaudesert Rotary Club and Scenic Rim Regional Council joined together to plant 100 trees at Waters Creek last year.

SCENIC Rim Regional Council has adopted a policy to improve the delivery of a program which aims to plant one million natives trees by 2025.

Council's One Million Trees Program Policy reflects the vision of the community plan for the Scenic Rim as a region known for its scenery and natural environment.

The policy also supports the preservation and enhancement of the region's biodiversity.

It stated council was committed to providing one million native plants, enhancing Scenic Rim's resilience to climate change, rehabilitating degraded areas of council reserves and supporting revegetation projects.

Mayor Greg Christensen said the program comprised four initiatives - Rural Trees, River Trees, Community Trees and Habitat Trees.

Since it was introduced in 2015, One Million Trees has seen the planting of more than 300,000 trees by schools, community groups, local organisations and rural landowners.

Cr Christensen said the program had received more than 90 requests for plants and more than 47,000 trees had been provided under the program this financial year.

"River Trees is the newest initiative and proving popular throughout the region with private property owners requesting plants which achieve bank stabilisation and protect valuable topsoil for agricultural uses, helping to maintain water quality," he said.

"The restoration of riparian vegetation also helps to establish corridors for native wildlife.

"Interest in the River Trees initiative is expected to grow along with increased public awareness of river systems and initiatives being undertaken by organisations including the Council of Mayors South East Queensland."

Council's 2019-20 Budget includes $50,000 to support the program in the next financial year.

"Planting just one tree is a simple way to enhance our environment, however planting one million trees has the ability to create real environmental change," Cr Christensen said.

"Although our region is home to many large national parks, much of the native habitat in the Scenic Rim is found on private property so maintaining our natural values is very much a partnership between Council and members of the community."