STRATHPINE

Tree day to help koalas

PLANTING EFFORTS SET TO PROTECT WILDLIFE

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Student Sofie Randell, Joanne Bain from Pine Rivers Koala Care with Vinnie the orphan koala, Sue Laird from Pine Rivers Koala Care and student James John. Picture: ALAN QUINNEY

KOALAS will be the eventual beneficiaries from 750 trees to be planted at Rob Akers Reserve at Strathpine on Friday.

Students from Pine Rivers State High and Strathpine State schools will help plant the trees as part of the National Tree Day for schools at 9.30am.

Pine Rivers Koala Care Association is co-ordinating the event, and has received a Moreton Bay Regional Council grant for $2959 to plant 500 koala food trees, native shrubs and grasses for a habitat at the reserve.

Koala care group president Sue Laird said the site was registered on the Planet Ark website and sponsor Torque Toyota had donated 250 trees, as well as children’s gloves.

“We are looking at establishing a koala corridor,” Ms Laird said.

She said former Pine Rivers Shire Council chairman Rob Akers would be honoured during the tree planting, with his son, Brendan, to plant a favoured tree of his father’s – a hoop pine.

“Rob did a lot for the environment in Pine Rivers,” Ms Laird said.

She also thanked the council for its support.

“Planting native trees in the community ensures that our native flora and fauna have habitat for future generations,” she said.

Mayor Allan Sutherland said local groups should be commended for their outstanding work in the community.

Pine Rivers Koala Care Association is currently looking after a nine-month old orphan, Vinnie, who was found injured and wandering around by himself near Cashmere.