Get the green touch

STUDENTS from Coominya State School recently donned the garden gloves to join SEQ Catchments staff in planting a range of native trees and bushes along the rail corridor west of the Coominya rail station.

The students' planting activities were enhanced when they were later treated to a rare ‘living history' lesson about their community's use of the rail line and earlier farming days from well known local identities Fred Banff, Fred From, Cedric Zischke, Brian Smith and Graham Bayliss.

The opportunity to link revegetation activities on the rail trail, with the students' living history lesson, stemmed from discussions with Fred Banff about the valuable memories of many local residents and the need to capture their stories on tape and film.

Lending support to the morning's activities was Wayne Wendt, member for Ipswich West and Chair of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Steering Committee and Otis Ogg, representing the Lowood Fernvale Community Bendigo Bank, a sponsor of the event.

BVRT ambassador and former Mayor of Nanango, Reg McCallum, has long been one of the Rail Trail's strongest supporters.

He and other ambassadors from the Linville and Blackbutt regions also attended.

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