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26 July 2022

Tree planting to repair flood-damaged riverbank

Help us plant 1,000 trees at Dum Dum on National Tree Day this Sunday

National Tree Day community planting event at Chillingham in 2019.

Council’s National Tree Day community planting event at Dum Dum will go ahead on Sunday 31 July and is suitable for the whole family.

After the floods and the damage caused to riverbanks and riparian zones, it’s time to plant a new rainforest to protect and restore the Tweed River.

Council will be joining National Tree Day efforts to mark the beginning of Local Government Week with a community tree planting event on the bank of the Tweed River at Dum Dum, near Uki, on Sunday 31 July from 9 am to 12 pm.

A total of 1,000 native trees, shrubs and groundcovers will be planted with the help of the community, with the efforts expected to improve the health of the Tweed River and respond to the damage caused by recent flooding around the site.

Council’s waterways project officer Matthew Bloor said tree planting was crucial for many reasons and National Tree Day was the perfect opportunity for Council and the community to work together to make a difference.

“This year’s National Tree Day planting is an opportunity to contribute to the recovery of the Tweed River after the terrible flooding earlier this year,” Mr Bloor said.

“The worst sections of riverbank erosion are still being assessed and will need to be repaired. However, we aren’t in a position to plant in those locations as they are too unstable.

“The planting site this year is adjacent to last year’s tree planting day site which survived the flooding and is thriving.”

Once the trees are in the ground, another 150 metre section of riverbank will be restored.

“Many hands really do make light work and we hope the community will get involved again like they have so many times in the past,” Mr Bloor said.

“It’s always a great day and wonderful to see residents from across the Tweed come together to look after and invest in our precious environment.

“Planting trees and looking after our waterways not only improves our local environment, it is one of the most simple and effective climate actions people can take.”

Site preparations have begun with weed control and brush cutting and most holes will be pre-dug making it easier to plant trees on the day.

Some planting will occur in flood-damaged sections of the Tweed River and Council staff will be on hand to prepare planting holes on the day in sensitive areas.

All are welcome to attend – the site is family friendly and accessible.

For information on what to bring, how to access the site and to register your attendance, visit treeday.planetark.org/site/10027056.

During Local Government Week (1-7 August), discover how much Council is part of your everyday and how you can become involved. Join in the many Local Government Week events and activities listed at tweed.nsw.gov.au/local-government-week

National Tree Day 2019

National Tree Day community planting event at Chillingham in 2019.


Photo 1: National Tree Day 2019
Caption: Council’s National Tree Day community planting event at Dum Dum will go ahead on Sunday 31 July and is suitable for the whole family.

Photo 2: National Tree Day 2019 - Group
Caption: National Tree Day community planting event at Chillingham in 2019.

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We wish to recognise the generations of the local Aboriginal people of the Bundjalung Nation who have lived in and derived their physical and spiritual needs from these forests, rivers, lakes and streams over many thousands of years as the traditional custodians of these lands.