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Planting Commences In Cyclone Marcus Affected Areas

Media Release
20 November 2018

The first of City of Darwin’s community plantings day is taking place this Saturday 24 November at Ken Waters Park in Fannie Bay.  Members of the community are invited to come along and assist to bring Darwin back to life following the devastation of Cyclone Marcus.

Residents will help Council replant their local parks and learn about tree planting best practice to ensure cyclone resilience in our trees.

The Tree Re-establishment Advisory Committee has identified 194 species of trees that are cyclone resilient. All trees chosen to be replanted for the community planting days are from the recommended list.

Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said that City of Darwin is determined to rejuvenate and revegetate cyclone affected areas for the enjoyment of the community.

“The community planting days are a great way for the community to come together and help Council get areas that were severely affected by Cyclone Marcus started on their recovery and bring areas back to life with new trees. Replanting will be ongoing for many years to establish a diverse and resilient urban forest.

“I encourage local residents of all ages to come along and help rejuvenate these spaces,” said the Lord Mayor.

The following Community Planting Days have been organised in each council ward:

  • LYONS WARD - Saturday 24 November from 8am to 10am at Ken Waters Park, Fannie Bay (25 trees to be planted)
  • WATERS WARD - Sunday 2 December from 8am to 10.30am, Yanyula Park, Anula (35 trees to be planted)
  • CHAN WARD - Sunday 9 December from 8am to 11am, Old McMillans Park, Coconut Grove (60 trees  to be planted)
  • RICHARDSON WARD - Saturday 15 December from 8am to 11am , Wanguri Park, Wanguri (35 trees to be planted)

Community members are asked to bring their own hat, closed in shoes, gloves and sunscreen.  Refreshments and equipment will be provided.

Experts will be on hand to share tips and advice on planting and caring for trees to promote cyclone resilience and native shrubs will be available for the community to take home.

So, grab your boots and your hat and come join City of Darwin for some fun tree planting.

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