Support needed to green the region
IT IS time for Whitsunday residents to plant and register trees as part of the ‘Greening the Whitsundays' program.
More than 12,500 trees have been planted since the initiative started in August last year, and with a target of 100,011 trees to be planted by the year's end, the entire Whitsunday community needs to show support.
Founder Steve Moss said he believed there were a lot more trees planted compared to the number registered.
He said it was important for residents to register their trees to ensure there was an accurate measure of the tree planting activities occurring in the region.
“As soon as you start talking about it, everyone is like ‘Oh I planted trees',” he said.
“Everyone loves it.”
In an attempt to ensure all trees planted are being registered, local nurseries have come on board to support the program.
Whitsunday Garden World owner Steve Andrew said the ‘greening' program was vital for the region's future.
“When you drive down Shute Harbour Road you see buildings, not landscapes,” he said.
“Airlie Beach to the tourists and backpackers is a tropical haven.
“We all want this town to become a little less concrete-y and a little more green-y so it's time to put back what mother nature already had here.”
Mr Andrew said the program was much more important than most people thought as it had more than an aesthetic benefit for the region's residents and visitors.
“Plants make a big difference to the environment not just visually but climatically,” he said.
“Plants are nature's air-conditioners, they are nature's vacuums, they remove the rubbish [from the air].
“This initiative at least reminds people that trees are important and that we can't live without them.”
Residents can now register their trees at Whitsunday Garden World, Plants Whitsunday, BIG W, Future Scene and Petersfield Nursery or online at www.uplan.com.au or by calling 4946 4745.