Residents of Solitaire Court Dalby are making their neighbours green with envy thanks to Council’s Adopt a Street Tree program.
Over 40 street trees have turned the cul-de-sac into a suburban oasis, with almost every house signing up for the leafy initiative.
The efforts of Solitaire Court have been echoed across households in the Western Downs, with hundreds of flame trees, silky oaks and grafted gums sprouting up across the region.
Since the beginning of the program in June 2017, over 350 Western Downs residents and community groups have registered their interest in becoming ‘tree adoptees’.
Council’s Parks and Open Spaces crews have been kept busy, planting 1,830 trees on median strips in our towns. Council Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Councillor Carolyn Tillman said she is very pleased with the take-up of the initiative by the community.
“It’s been great to see our communities getting behind the program and turning it into a huge success,” she said.
“From The Gums to Brigalow, to drive around our towns and see rows of green leafy trees not only makes our region more beautiful, but adopting a street tree is such a simple way to say, ‘I’m proud to live in the Western Downs’.
“The trees aren’t just great to look at: they give shade, create cleaner air, promote biodiversity, as well as provide a habitat for our native wildlife.”
Solitaire Court resident Tony Nolan was happy to get involved in the Adopt a Street Tree initiative early on.
“I reckon the program’s fantastic. We want to be able to look down our street in five years’ time and see a nice leafy street — having a program like this really helps beautify the town,” he said.
“I always thought about planting some trees out near the footpath and wasn’t sure if I could, so when this program came up we jumped at it.
“It’s great to see the uptake around our area because there’s nothing nicer than seeing nice leafy trees on either side of the street. It gives people a source of pride.”
Registrations for the Adopt a Street Tree program will open again soon for all towns across the Western Downs. For more information on the initiative, visit www.wdrc.info/adopt-a-street-tree-program or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
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