Trees are invaluable. Trees provide habitat for our wildlife, including birds and iconic threatened species such as koala. They give shade to cool us down and protect us from increasing heat waves, and encourage active lifestyles. Proven health benefits include reduced rates of stress, depression and sickness, and improvement in the air we breathe.
With increasing development, greater densification of our urban areas and regional developments, trees are under threat and quickly diminishing.
Queensland clears more trees than any other state in Australia (roughly 300,000 ha every year). Our beloved koala populations in South-East Queensland, many of which live within the urban footprint, are critically threatened due to loss of habitat through development and the exposure to risks this has caused. Our current legislation is clearly insufficient to protect our precious green spaces, forests and wildlife from current land clearing rates.
Come and learn about the importance of maintaining trees in our suburbs and regions, how our laws currently operate to regulate tree clearing at a state, federal and local government level, and how a local tree plan for Toowoomba might be used to better protect trees in our region.
This joint event with The Wilderness Society, the Environmental Defenders Office Queensland and Darling Downs Environment Council will impart knowledge and skills to protect the green where we live.