It was a sunny Sunday on July 30 as members of the public gathered at the Doonan Planting Festival for National Tree Day and more than one thousand trees were added to the site which is now starting to see the spoils of past plantings.
The morning also featured wildlife displays, live acoustic music, face painting, craft activities for all ages, information stalls, free coffee, a sausage sizzle, and an opportunity to buy native plants with free planting advice from Coolum Community Native Nursery.
Cr Maria Suarez said that it was great to see so many attend the event.
“Lots of families, singles and couples helped put plants in the ground, made bush critters, screen printed a cool tote bag, found out about the Blue Heart, learned about invasive species, checked out the reptile display or bought a native tree for home from Coolum Community Native Nursery.”
The National Tree Day events at the reserve are working towards restoring the Doonan Creek Environment Reserve which provides essential homes and food for local wildlife like koalas, glossy black cockatoos and grey-headed flying foxes.
“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,” Cr Suarez said.
“It’s home to more than 125 different birds 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,” Cr Suarez stated.
“A huge thanks to all who attended and to the Sunshine Coast Council teams who made the event possible.”
To keep up to date on local Sunshine Coast Council events please visit https://events.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au