Tree Day award recipients

THE LOCKYER REGION National Tree Day's perpetual annual trophy flanked by school students left) Emily Holstein, April O'Brien, Fiona Maui and Laura Brennan.

WINNERS of the inaugural Lockyer Region National Tree Day literary competition were announced at a gala function in the Lockyer Cultural Centre on Friday night.

Peter O'Brien, chairman of the local National Tree Day committee said 20 million trees had been planted across the nation since the concept was initiated in 1996.

“However, I can boast that no one has done it better than we have in the Lockyer,” Mr O'Brien said.

“23 schools and five community locations in our region were involved this year, making our event the largest in Australia.

“This was achieved through the work of our dedicated committee and was embraced by the whole community including businesses, clubs, councils and citizens.”

Competition winners were Morgan Lee of Lockyer District High School in category 1, Calum Raabe of Gatton State Primary School in category 2 and combined grades three and four from Gatton Primary School in category 3.

LVRC Councillor Janice Holstein paid tribute to the Lockyer Region National Tree Day's sponsors, including Planet Ark and Toyota, saying the support received made the local event the best in the entire country.

Friday's function also included the unveiling and dedication of the magnificent award sculpture, a perpetual annual trophy for environmental contributions to the region.

The sculpture will remain on permanent display at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre.


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