Tree-planting to restore Livingstone’s beauty post Marcia
WORK is under way to plant more than 500 native trees across the Livingstone Shire as work continues to restore the natural environment to its former beauty pre-Cyclone Marcia.
Councillor for Parks and Community Facilities Tom Wyatt said around 200 semi-mature species including Tuckeroos, Barringtonias, Golden Pendas and Laurinas have already been planted.
"The Open Spaces crews have done a fantastic job and already I have had people starting to comment on what an improvement the saplings have made," Cr Wyatt said. "They've planted at areas including Kemp Beach, Mulambin Road, the Lioness Park at Lammermoor and Daniels Park at Cooee Bay as well some of our dunal areas to name a few."
The trees were sourced locally from Boundary Nursery.
Cr Wyatt said it will take the semi-mature trees - the majority of which average around two metres high - around 15 weeks to properly establish themselves.
"The Open Spaces crews will turn their attention to Fig Tree Creek and Merv Anderson Park later this week as well as replanting the median strip along Farnborough Road," Cr Wyatt said.
Councillor for the Environment Adam Belot said the entire project was part of Council's successful insurance claim lodged to regenerate native vegetation following damage caused by Cyclone Marcia.
"The amount of positive comments I have received from members of the community, expressing their support for this initiative has been very encouraging," Cr Belot said.
"As part of the overall project, we were also able to begin control procedures to manage native leaf hopper populations, including leaf stripping Pandanus trees at Emu Park and Zilzie earlier this month."