Hundreds of native trees planted

EMPLOYEES of leading property, construction and infrastructure group Lend Lease planted 400 native rainforest and eucalypt trees in the Barolin Nature Reserve, right next to Bargara State School, giving a living legacy to the Bundaberg community.

The project is a joint initiative of the Lend Lease Foundation and Bundaberg Regional Council which is the trustee of the reserve.

Local Lend Lease Project Director Gary Ikin said the tree planting day was a way for Lend Lease employees to show their commitment and pride in Bundaberg.

"Today we see a practical way that our employees can assist the natural environment, in line with our global focus on sustainability - together, we make a difference to the communities where we live and work."

The trees will be planted as an early activity of Lend Lease's international Community Day established 1996 and to be held on 18 September this year.

Since its inception Lend Lease employees have volunteered more than 500,000 hours across many worthwhile community projects around the world.

"We can come back year after year and see the trees as they grow up - a living legacy for the Bundaberg community."

Bundaberg Regional Council Environment and Natural Resources portfolio spokesman Danny Rowleson said companies like Lend Lease were always welcome to assist Council with the ambitious job of managing the large reserve.

"When the Lend Lease Foundation showed interest in planting trees at the Barolin Nature Reserve, we jumped at their offer," Cr Rowleson said.

"This beautiful Reserve comprises over 300ha area of natural bush, grassy plains and wetlands right next to the coastal town of Bargara and has several pockets of rainforest, an abundance of bird life and a fascinating history.

"On behalf of council and the community, I thank the Lend Lease employees for their help in restoring this area."