(l-r) Michael, Heather, Sheamus

By: Michael Fox

Sheamus O’Connor – 2012 Young Citizen of the Year, Heather Barnes – Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Comittee (B4C) and I were invited to take part in planting the Lord Mayor’s Diamond Jubilee Walk (click for map) in Victoria Park.

An avenue of sixty native Hoop Pines Araucaria cunninghamii,one for each year of the Queen’s reign, have been planted along the bike/walking path between Centenary Pool and Brisbane Girls Grammar School. Hoop or Queensland Pines occur naturally in drier rainforests from Hastings River, New South Wales, to Far North Queensland and, having a single straight trunk, are also grown as plantation timber.

Sheamus with tree 24 – 7 June 12

As a choice to celebrate a Diamond Jubliee these Queensland Pines that live for up to 450 years and grow to 50 or 60 metres are a good choice. They will make a spectactular avenue in a few years timelkj

Sheamus and Heather combined to plant tree 24.

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Beth Dawson with tree 18

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Beth Dawson AM, representing St John’s Ambulance, joined me in planting tree 18 in the avenue. I met Beth earlier when we both attended the Lord Mayor’s 2012 Australia Day Awards presentations. An interesting person, Beth actually attended Brisbane Girls Grammar School and, like me, is related to the early German settlers who established Brisbane’s Nundah/Zillmere areas.

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(l-r) Michael, Heather, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Lady Mayoress Anne, Sheamus, Mark

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Meeting with the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.

Find the walk? Visit MapMyWalk Diamond Jubilee Walk

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