PUTTING down their pens and phones and picking up shovels and mattocks, Lismore City Council staff members got into the spirit of National Tree Day last Friday.
Assisted by staff from EnviTE (Environmental Training and Employment) and stormwater mascot Tucki the Platypus, they volunteered to help plant 400 grasses, shrubs and trees on a tributary of Tucki Tucki Creek, opposite the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre.
It's the continuation of a bush regeneration project that started almost a year ago, and has cleared an almost impenetrable area of mature coral trees, camphor laurels, lantana and vine weeds.
Many different species of rainforest trees now have been planted, and litter accumulated over the past year carried away to transform the degraded site into an attractive rainforest environment.
"The day was a great success," the council's environmental strategies manager Vanessa Talon said.
"I was delighted staff had the opportunity to take time out of their daily routine to care for the environment.
"Council staff are very proud of our community and this was a great way to put in a few hours, working side-by-side and knowing it will deliver results for our environment for years to come."
Vanessa said this was the first time the council had held a staff event for National Tree Day.
"We're also planning to form a staff Landcare group following on from this initiative," she said.
"The group will tackle sites downstream, with the aim of creating a habitat corridor that links plantings established by EnviTE more than 15 years ago, in the arboretum (grove) behind the Oliver Avenue Council Chambers."
The Tree Day initiative was supported by the council's Employee Volunteer Program.
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