Mary recently joined Greening Australia in celebrating the planting of the 200,000th seedling planted in the Lower Cotter Catchment since the bushfires in 2003.
“I have had a long-term, personal commitment as a volunteer with Greening Australia in re-greening the ACT and I feel very honoured to have been asked to plant the 200,000th seedling.” Mary said.
Due to the tremendous effort by Greening Australia staff and volunteers the replanting efforts will see the rehabilitation of the area devastated by the 2003 firestorm by 2013, the 10th anniversary of the firestorm.
“I am pleased to see the ACT Government affirm its commitment to rehabilitating the Cotter in 2008, in preparation for the centenary, by providing an additional $1 million in 2008.
“I also congratulate the over 7000 volunteers who gave their time and energy over the past eight years to plant native trees and shrubs in the former plantations of the Cotter catchment, Mt Stromlo and Narrabundah,” Mary added.
Mary encouraged more people to get involved, as she said, “the 200,00th planting is a great milestone, however it doesn’t stop there, it’s a great family activity, or something to do as workmates, I would encourage everyone to get involved.”
For more information about Greening Australia call 6253 3035 or Visit www.canberra100.com.au.