Tree lined streets are set to wow locals and visitors in just a few short years, with the Western Downs Regional Council (WDRC) welcoming nominations to Adopt a Street Tree in 2018.

Crepe myrtles, jacarandas, flame trees and golden rain trees to name a few will be turning the region’s streets into lush property with Council bringing back the popular program. The Adopt a Street Tree program is open to all towns across the Western Downs and it is free to register interest.

Council Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Councillor Tillman said it was great to see Western Downs residents embracing the initiative and taking pride in their leafy communities.

“We received a lot of interest last year for the Adopt a Street Tree program, so I’m proud to say that we’re bringing it back,” she said.

“It’s been fantastic to see the uptake so far, and this year we’d love to see our smaller towns get involved. From Kogan to Kaimkillenbun and out to Dulacca and Glenmorgan, wouldn’t it be something special to see all our towns’ streets, big and small, lined with trees.”

Dalby resident Alicia Edwards applied for the program last year and has witnessed her neighbourhood flourish ever since.

“We thought it was a great idea because the area out the front of our house is quite bare,” she said.

“We thought it would add appeal to the front of our house and our street, whilst providing a bit of extra privacy and shade. Not to mention the fact that we love native plants!”

Not only do their trees look great, but little Flynn’s smile has become brighter too.

“Our son Flynn loves trees. He says ‘hey tree’ to all our trees. Flynn and my husband Rowan go out there to water them in the afternoon.

“Flynn thinks it’s heaps of fun when he can see the neighbour’s big dogs playing in the yard across the road while they water the trees together!

“I think anything where we are improving the environment is a great thing. As an added bonus, the trees look great and provide homes for animals, shade and beautiful little flowers.”

Registrations for this year’s planting close Friday 16 March. Call 1300 COUNCIL or fill in the online registration form to nominate.

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