City of Logan residents can help green the city and improve the environment by participating in a free community planting event to celebrate National Tree Day on Sunday, July 28.

Logan City Council will host the planting at Kingston’s Eridani Park from 8am to 10am.

The event is the biggest annual community planting in Logan with thousands of young trees and shrubs to be planted in the park.

In the last financial year, Council planted more than 83,000 native trees, shrubs and grasses across the city.

It is estimated more than 94,000 will be planted over the next 12 months.

Eridani Park, in Eridani Avenue, is one of 930 parks in the City of Logan.

Those wishing to participate in the National Tree Day planting are advised to bring drinking water, sun protection and wear enclosed shoes.

There is no need to RSVP. All planting equipment and morning tea will be provided.

More than $8.5million was set aside in the recent Logan City Council Budget to fund projects to improve our environment including:

  • Albert and Logan River Vision
  • Slacks Creek and Scrubby Creek Recovery
  • Land for Wildlife and Habitat Connections
  • Environmental grants and incentives
  • Carbon reduction and energy management
  • Bushland maintenance and BushCare volunteer programs

In recent months large-scale tree plantings and native habitat restorations have been done at sites including Woodhill, Belivah and Eagleby Wetlands.

The plantings at Woodhill, on the banks of the Logan River, was part of the Council of Mayors’ (SEQ) Resilient Rivers Initiative which aims to reduce erosion and sediment run-off into the river.

The Resilient Rivers Initiative was created in December 2014 with the aim of collaboratively improving the health and resilience of South-East Queensland’s catchments, rivers and Moreton Bay.

The Logan-Albert Catchment Action Plan was a key output of the Resilient Rivers Initiative.

The program encourages and supports private landowners to take riparian restoration along river banks.

That plan also includes the removal and management of exotic vines, in particular the invasive Cats Claw Creeper, and the planting and restoration of native habitats.

These projects continue delivery on the aims of the Logan and Albert River Visions to improve the health of Logan waterways which is particularly important after a recent study scientifically proved the presence of platypus at seven different sites in the upper reaches of the Albert River.

The City of Logan has 2362km of waterways, 2633 hectares of wetlands and more than 930 parks.

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