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We had over 60 volunteers, including Esperance Scouts, turned out for National Tree Day at Lake Monjingup on 30 July. It was fantastic to see so many smiling faces despite the cold weather. Over 3000 seedlings were planted from 29 different species including Calothamnus quadrifidus, Lambertia inermis, and Melaleuca striata which complement the biodiversity in the area. 

Lake Monjingup was affected by a bushfire in January 2015. The area is recovering well and planting these seedlings was vital to restore biodiversity, create habitat and protect the wetland. This project was supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program supported by Royalties for Regions, The Shire of Esperance, Esperance Volunteer Resource Centre and Esperance Toyota in partnership with Planet Ark for National Tree Day.

On Wednesday 2 August planting was carried out at Castletown Quays. Eighty students and 23 parents from Castletown Primary school planted nearly 1000 trees. We are two thirds of the way through our winter planting program funded by State NRM and Coastwest with the help of Community Volunteers, the Shire Work for the Dole team, ESHS Bushrangers, South Coast NRM Coastal works team, Esperance Tjaltjraak works team, and Shire staff.  Over 9000 seedlings have been planted at Castletown, Quagi, Twilight and Lake Monjingup this winter. We have more tree planting with Cascade Primary School and Esperance-Goldfields Surf Lifesaving still to come.