Green thumbs called on for national tree day

Fun for the whole family, National Tree Day will take place this Sunday, July 30 with a special Sunshine Coast Council-hosted tree planting at the Doonan Creek Environment Reserve. File Photo: Contributed  

GARDEN and nature lovers are being called on this Sunday, July 30, to once again head to Doonan to participate in National Tree Day and help plant 3,000 trees and shrubs at the site.  

Suitable for the entire family the Doonan Planting Festival will also feature wildlife displays, live acoustic music, face painting, craft activities for all ages, information stalls and there will be free coffee, a sausage sizzle, and an opportunity to buy a native plant with free planting advice from Coolum Community Native Nursery. 

Sunshine Coast Council Environment and Liveability Portfolio Councillor Maria Suarez encouraged the community to come along and lend a hand to make a change one tree at a time. 

“Each stem planted at this fun-filled National Tree Day event will help to restore the Doonan Creek Environment Reserve and provide essential homes and food for local wildlife like koalas, glossy black cockatoos and grey-headed flying foxes,” Cr Suarez said. 

“The reserve is a special place and an important coastal habitat area with vegetation that ranges from iconic coastal heath and scribbly gum forest to melaleuca wetlands. 

“It’s home to more than 125 different bird, and 24 different mammal species and vulnerable wallum frogs. 

“Our community has helped Council restore the reserve for many years, and in the past four years alone, has planted more than 13,380 native trees, shrubs and ground covers.” 

To redeem your free small espresso coffee, bring along your own reusable coffee cup and all tools, plants and gloves will be provided by Council.  

A shuttle bus to the site will run from Peregian Springs State School and bookings which are essential, along with other information can be found at and searching ‘Doonan planning festival’.  

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