More than 8350 plant varieties have arrived at the Western Downs Regional Council’s depot as the Warrego Highway’s landscaping project takes root in Dalby.

The Western Downs Council has confirmed the planting of figs, flame trees, crepe myrtles and Kauri pines in Dalby. The trees are currently in the process of being delivered to Council’s works depot, some of which are over four metres tall. Their destination is along the stretch of the Warrego Highway from Dalby-Cecil Plains Road in the east, right through to Watt Street.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson Councillor, Greg Olm, said that this project will complement the Council’s popular Adopt-a-Street-Tree program. “The Warrego landscaping project will contribute to the growth of our region by making the Western Downs as inviting as possible for visitors, as well as improving our own liveability here,” he said. “We have engaged local contractors i-Water, Western Force Landscaping and Pentacon, who have welcomed the opportunity to work on this huge regional development and support the growth of our economy. This is part of our ongoing strategic plan to improve the look of our towns and grow community pride.”

As part of the project, existing and new entrance signage will be enhanced by new garden beds around them. “New signs will be added on the Warrego Highway at the town’s limits, with extra uplighting to also be installed for the current Dalby-Jandowae Rd and Bunya Highway signs,” Councillor Olm said.

The $1.7 million investment, jointly funded by the Western Downs Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads, has been several years in the planning and is due to be completed by July. Councillor Olm and Mayor Paul McVeigh look over the thousands of plants with Vincent Vital from Pentacon.

Complimentary plantings by Council will also take place in Brigalow, Macalister and Warra as part of Council’s ongoing plans to beautify the region.

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