The BIG Plant
The City of Launceston engaged Tamar NRM to plant the trees at the Launceston Waste Centre revegetation site. The goal was 5,000 trees in 4 days. The countdown began on Thursday, 28 July 2022. This event invited the whole community to help plant the trees.
Tamar NRM and the City of Launceston would like to warmly thank everyone who was able to join the 775 other community participants to plant 3,723 trees plant at the Launceston Waste Centre site between 28-31 July 2022.
We planted a whopping 74% of our 5,000 tree target, and any trees not planted during the event will continue to be planted at the site.
By participating, you contributed to the work needed to increase our local bushland and provide additional habitat for the local wildlife. These trees also contribute to the drawing down of carbon from the atmosphere - a small, but not unimportant, response to global warming caused by greenhouse gases.
We sensed from participants an appetite to ‘do something' in response to the environmental challenges being faced. We hope this event provided an opportunity for you to be part of a positive, ‘hands-on’ action.
Thanks again - your energy and enthusiasm made this a fun event.
Special thanks to the following schools, community groups and businesses:
St Thomas More's Christian School
St Finn Barr's Catholic School
Australian Christian College
Launceston Christian Grammar School - Junior
Launceston Christian Grammar School - Senior
Launceston Preparatory School
John Calvin School
West Launceston Primary School
Scotch Oakburn College
St Anthony's Primary School
Glen Dhu Primary School
Big Picture School
Trevallyn Primary School
Tassie Artificial Turf
Golden Brown Tasmania
Bunnings North Launceston
Becks Hardware Launceston
The Body Shop
Michelle Jane Beauty
Tamar Bicycle Users Group
Newstead Baptist and Summerhill Scout Groups
Soroptimist International, Launceston
Launceston Field Naturalist Club
Pilgrim Uniting Church, Launceston
Australian Plant Society of Tasmania (North)
Wise Employment - Social group
Rotary Club of Central Launceston
West Tamar Council
The Launceston Muslim Community
The BIG Plant is one of several commitments in the City Of Launceston's environmental management plan for the Launceston Waste Centre. Its primary aim is to improve the visual amenity of the site and to provide a vegetation buffer to the neighbouring communities in the event of future landfill development.
The City of Launceston's commitments includes progressive revegetation within the existing native vegetation with an even spread of plants at various heights and ages across the 83,568m2 of land identified for revegetation. Stage 1 will see 10,000 native species planted with 5,000 of these set aside to be planted by the community. The planting site provides participants views of the active landfill and composting facility to see firsthand the challenges faced by landfilling but also the diversion opportunities that things like the compost facility provide the community.
The BIG Plant will also help mitigate the impacts of landfill operations by improving biodiversity and the natural values of the area by enhancing vegetation and habitat quality and reducing the likelihood of weeds.
As part of the City of Launceston's Sustainability action plan 2022-2030, The BIG Plant contributes to the following actions:
Natural Capital - (Value, protect and promote our natural capital)
5.15 Support revegetation projects to reduce fragmentation of native vegetation and improve connectivity for fauna populations that have become isolated due to land clearing
5.17 Improve environmental awareness among our employees
5.20 Establish engagement programs with local schools to improve the understanding of our natural capital and ecosystem services
The full plan can be viewed on the City of Launceston website.