Tree planting

Media release issued Thursday 2 June 2011


St Mary's Primary School today helped Barwon Water plant more than 500 trees on the Lake Colac foreshore as part of World Environment Day celebrations.

The students joined Barwon Water ambassadors Joel Corey and Kelly Cartwright, Barwon Water employees and Colac Otway Shire staff to revegetate an area between the rowing and yacht clubs.

Joel said while Barwon Water was most recognised for providing water and sewerage services, it also operated a nursery that produced native plants for use across the region.

"Over the past 20 years, the nursery has propagated more than one million indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses for revegetation, landscaping and restoration projects," Joel said.

"The nursery also provides community groups with the chance to become involved in learning about and cultivating indigenous plants through Barwon Water's 'Water - Learn it! Live it!' education program. Over the years, more than 100 organisations have taken part in propagation and planting activities."

The nursery, which is based in South Geelong, is an important part of Barwon Water's commitment to being an environmental leader in the community.

It produces indigenous plants from different local plant communities, including coastal, woodlands, riparian and grasslands. A range of eucalypts, acacias, allocasuarina, moonah, callistemon, banksia and bursaria also are grown.

World Environment Day is held annually on June 5 and is the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action.  The theme this year is "Forests: nature at your service".

For more information on Barwon Water's community nursery, please telephone 1300 656 007.