The Western Downs Regional Council is calling on local residents to participate in its new ‘Adopt A Street Tree’ program.

Launched as an integral part of the 2017/2018 budget, the program aims to bring communities together by letting them care for a street tree planted in front of their residence.

The council hopes this will instill a sense of responsibility and an agreement to keep towns looking cleaner and greener.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh spoke about the plans and how this program will help build stronger communities and a better future. 

“Adopting a street tree is a really simple way for residents to contribute to enriching our communities and foster pride, as well as play an active role in boosting liveability across our region,” he said.

“By participating in the new ‘Adopt a Street Tree’ program, you’ll be helping us beautify our region, creating healthier, happier and closer communities.”

The budget has a grander focus on revitalisation through a number of projects and initiatives this coming financial year.

Council Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Cr Carolyn Tillman applauded the initiative.

She believes that such a project will not only bring communities closer, but will bring prosperity to the towns for generations to come.

“By adopting a tree you’re not only helping the environment and improving your town’s streetscapes, but in the longer term street trees also increase property values, boost economic development, and contribute to improved community well being,” she said.

“The ‘Adopt a Street Tree’ program is a great opportunity for our communities to work alongside Council to create shady and more attractive residential streetscapes for you and your family to live.”

Registrations will close Monday, 31 July.

See socials from the 2017 Camellia Show here.