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Premier pitches in at planting

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman joined more than 100 volunteers to plant native trees on the banks of Ithaca Creek for National Tree Day on Sunday 29 July.

Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN) partnered with Greening Australia to plant 1481 native trees, grasses, shrubs and vines to restore habitat along the waterway where it flows under Coopers Camp Road.

SOWN Director Robert Whyte thanked the volunteers for their efforts.

"We really appreciate the hard work of members of the local community. Several corporate groups joined in including KBR and the Ergon Energy Green Team, plus local MPs Saxon Rice, Campbell Newman and Jane Prentice.

"National Tree Day really brought the community together to make a difference to the environment," Rob said

As well as the site in Bardon, Greening Australia hosted numerous National Tree Day activities across Queensland including Norman Park, Mount Isa and Hughenden.

Greening Australia Queensland, Chief Executive Michael Paramor said Greening Australia was committed to protecting and restoring the health, diversity and productivity of our unique landscape with its 30-year commitment to the environment, people and regional communities.

"National Tree Day was a great opportunity for families to get out in the community and celebrate, learn about and care for the environment that we treasure."

Volunteers planting on National Tree Day 2012
Volunteers planting on National Tree Day 2012 at Dawn Street Park. Site coordinator Adam Richardt (far left) needs volunteers to maintain the area in future.