New environment program revives Brisbane suburb

EMILY FERNANDEZ

The Wilderness Society’s Southern Suburbs group had their first community tree planting day in Tarragindi to launch the ‘Movement for Life’ program last Saturday.

‘Movement for Life’ provides support to communities by ensuring they have the resources they need, such as tools, to begin making real environmental changes.

In support of the program, over 60 people from across the southern suburbs community and the Wilderness Society helped to plant 600 trees in Barr Street Park.

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Community members help to plant trees in Barr Street Park. Photo: Jaiden Johnston-Bates

‘Movement for Life’ began in early 2016 in Sydney however this is the first program launch for the Wilderness Society’s Southern Suburbs group.

Volunteer, Jaiden Johnston-Bates, says the event was an important start for the society to begin encouraging communities to help the environment.

“This is about creating motivation in the community for the longevity of protecting the environment by continuing to help in many different ways, not just participating in one event,” said Mr Johnston-Bates.

Community member, Lucy Andrews, says she was happy to support the Wilderness Society’s event to revive the park.

“It was a really nice experience and it was great to see so many different people from the community supporting the cause and helping out,” Ms Andrews said.

The Wilderness Society Southern Suburbs group plan to continue with more tree planting days along with other community engagement events later in the year.

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