Eligible groups and organisations in Capricornia are invited to visit Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry’s website for nomination of potential projects for an Australian Government grant to plant trees in honour of the legacy of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and her 70 years of service to Australia and the Commonwealth.
During this time, The Queen has visited Australia on 16 occasions, and on many of these visits has planted trees at community events and ceremonies—leaving a long-lasting reminder of the special occasion for the people in those communities.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry welcomed the opportunity for local community groups to play a part in the celebrations.
“The Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee Program is one of a range of national and community events planned by the Australian Government to celebrate The Queen’s Jubilee year,” Ms Landry said.
“This program will increase community awareness and celebration of Her Majesty’s jubilee and create a legacy of tree plantings right across our nation for Australians to enjoy.
“I’m inviting community organisations, schools, and local councils across Capricornia to mark the Jubilee and apply for funding under this new program.”
Rockhampton horticulturalist Neil Fisher said Central Queensland has had a long history of planting avenues of trees in celebration or in honour.
“Queens Park in Mackay has the Jubilee Tree planted in celebration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and planted in 1897. This magnificent Sacred Fig has provided much needed shade for decades,” Mr Fisher said.
“In Rockhampton avenues of Burdekin Plums have been planted in Quay Street more than 100 years ago by Anthelme Thozet to the avenue of Peltophorums planted along Lakes Creek planted in the 1950s in honour of meatworks employees who served in World War I and World War II.
“Now we have an opportunity to plant a new majestic shade tree or an avenue of trees to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee.”
Grants from $2,500 to $20,000 will be available to a broad range of organisations with each federal electorate eligible to receive up to $100,000 for up to 10 projects.
Projects that are suitable must include formal commemorative events in 2022 to mark the Jubilee, plantings of regionally appropriate tree species, and installation of commemorative signage or plaques.
For an expression of interest form visit: https://www.michellelandry.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Planting-Trees-for-Queens-Jubilee-EOI-Form.pdf