Talara Primary College TEAK students with representatives from Sunshine Coast Council
Talara Primary College TEAK students with representatives from Sunshine Coast Council

National Tree Day for Schools – Talara Primary College

Talara Primary College recently celebrated National Tree Day with the planting of over thirty native species of trees and shrubs in the college grounds.

The Talara TEAK team (Talara's Environmentally Friendly Kids) were very fortunate to have the assistance of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council who provided the trees and their time to assist the group of twenty students as they planted and staked the seedlings in the staff car park.

The students were particularly excited to plant some Allocasuarina emunia, which is an endangered species of she-oak that has a small population at Currimundi Lake Conservation Park and is a food source for the Gloss Black Cockatoo.

Jason McDowall, Arboreal Services Delivery Leader at Sunshine Coast Council commented on the some of the wonderful benefits that will result from this tree planting day.

"With trees and plants providing numerous environmental, visual, social and economic benefits, Talara Primary College's contribution will help to reduce the ambient temperature of the adjacent car park by shading and cooling the area, improving storm water quality, increasing bio-diversity and providing additional habitat and food sources for our native wildlife within the school grounds and local environment. "

Mr McDowall also elaborated on the vision behind National Tree Day. "The purpose of National Tree Day is to celebrate trees and encourage people to get involved in tree planting, with the aim of planting 1 million native trees each year. This year, council provided more than two hundred trees to schools to plant within their grounds to celebrate National Tree Day for Schools, which focuses on engaging students in planting."

For more information about the National Tree Day initiative, visit the below website: