Fri, 31/05/2013

Recently Mary joined several panellists at a Greening Australia forum up at the “centenary plantings” which celebrated ten years since the devastating Canberra bush fires in 2003.

“As you know, Greening Australia has been heavily involved in revegetating the Lower Cotter since the fires, working with thousands of volunteers from all walks of life in the community,” Mary said. “The Restoration Celebration honoured this huge volunteer effort that has seen over 300,000 native seedlings planted.

“I have been volunteering with Greening Australia since this program commenced, and I always look forward to catching up with those who are regulars, as well as meeting those who have come along for the first time,” Mary stated, “such as teams of young people, family and corporate groups.”

The event involved a community planting event, a ceremonial tree planting, a panel discussion about the achievements to date, music and artistic performances, children’s activities and tours of recovery sites, as well as a great BBQ as usual provided by Scouts ACT.

"Volunteering is a great way for people to meet fellow Canberrans, as well as to make a real contribution to our environment.

“I encourage Canberrans to support the Greening Australian effort, and I congratulate all those who’ve been involved in revegetating the Lower Cotter, Greening Australia, volunteers, scouts and the members of the fire brigades that supply water.” Mary concluded.

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