Greens Mayor proud of tree-naming motion
DID you know the Tweed’s ancient Gondwana rainforests date back 100 million years?
This sort of information could soon be displayed at two Tweed Shire Council parks.
Greens Mayor Katie Milne was elated her idea for staff to report on the display of names of native trees at two council parks was unanimously supported by colleagues.
Proposed at the last council meeting and seconded by conservative councillor Carolyn Byrne, the motion means council staff will find out what it will cost to produce the signs.
They will be displayed at parks in Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah, to encourage knowledge and appreciation of the region’s flora.
“Everybody loves trees but most of us only know a few names of even our own local tree species,” Cr Milne said.
“Displaying the names of our local trees in a couple of our central parks will help us become more familiar with our local environment.
“We have so many special and unusual trees in this shire. Tweed’s ancient Gondwana rainforests date back around 100 million years and are some of the best examples of our planet’s evolution.
“Few places on earth contain so many plants and animals which remain relatively unchanged from their ancestors in the fossil record, according to the World Heritage listing.
“It’s crazy that we hardly know their names when we live amongst them so closely and rely on them so much.
“Naming our trees is a simple and inexpensive action but one I think will be greatly appreciated by thousands of people for many years to come.”
Council staff will investigate the cost of the idea before a final decision on the project is made.