Toowoomba Regional Council’s commitment to its urban forest tree planting program has been recognised with an Award of Excellence at the 2018 Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) (QLD) State Conference held in Redcliffe last Thursday 24 May.
Toowoomba Regional Council Parks and Recreation Services portfolio leader Cr Joe Ramia said Council’s Urban Forest tree planting program claimed the accolade in the Best Rural Industry Contribution category.
“The Award of Excellence acknowledges Council’s proactive tree planting program across the region, Cr Ramia said.
“Council’s has developed a strategic approach to tree management through the Toowoomba Regional Council’s Street Tree Masterplan and Street Tree Park Policy and this has also been recognised by the award.
“The strategic approach to tree planting combined with successful public consultation ensures that the management of Council’s tree populations match the expectations of the community, Cr Ramia said.
“In both Yarraman and Clifton the community was given the opportunity to have their say on the tree planting program including providing feedback on species selection and location. Council communicated with the community through regular updates on the tree planting program, Cr Ramia said.
“During the past two years, the tree planting program has seen 4214 trees planted across the Toowoomba Region. Councils Urban Forest programme is part of an ongoing commitment to tree planting across the region to ensure the sustainability of the community tree population and further enhance the leafy character of the region.
“It was announced at the PLA awards ceremony that Toowoomba Regional Council in association with Parks and Leisure Australia Queensland will host the 2019 Parks and Leisure Australia (QLD) State Conference.