GRANT TO PLANT JUBILEE GROVE FOR NATIVE BIRDS
Small native birds will be given new habitat in a “Platinum Jubilee” grove at Cooroy Golf Club to mark the Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien congratulated the club on a $2800 grant to plant “Platinum Jubilee Grove”, designed as nesting and feeding trees for small native birds.
Mr O’Brien said the Queen would bird-watch with the Duke of Edinburgh, whose interest in birds began on a royal visit to the southern Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and Antarctica in 1956.
“The Duke got up early before his royal schedule began on a visit to Australia in 1963 just to watch birds on the Swan River and went on to become the President of the British Trust for Ornithology from 1987,”
Mr O’Brien said.
“A tribute that would remind Her Majesty of the Duke’s passion for bird watching will be a lovely spot to have on the grounds of the Cooroy Golf Club.”
Cooroy Golf Club Secretary Andrew Dick said the club had several large trees but smaller bushier trees and bushes would help protect smaller birds and provide food and nesting opportunities.
“The club will use the grant to plant a grove of trees to commemorate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and enhance the environment and provide habitat for the smaller birds in the area,” Mr Dick said.
“We are collaborating with Noosa Landcare to advise on suitable native species and carry out these works with our volunteers.”
Mr O’Brien said the Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee program would create a legacy of tree planting nationwide.
“The Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee program, an initiative of the former Morrison-Joyce Coalition Government, puts up to $15.1 million on the table to community-based tree plantings,” Mr O’Brien said.
“These small trees and shrubs will be planted at Cooroy, about 16,437 km from the first Jubilee tree planted on the grounds of Windsor Castle in March to mark the launch of the Queen’s Green Canopy in the United Kingdom.”