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More than 1200 seedlings will be planted by over 120 members of the community at Broadmeadows Town Park, to celebrate World Environment Day.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said the mass planting exercise on Friday 5 June 2015 would beautify the central gardens with a range of historic species.

“The seedlings stem from plants that Aboriginal people have used for food and medicine, as well as tools,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Their planting is a great way for people to learn more about indigenous culture, and how the environment can sustain our daily needs.

“The plants are drought-tolerant, and I’m sure many visitors to Broadmeadows Town Park will enjoy watching them grow over the coming months and years.”

More than 100 grade four and five students from Westmeadows Primary School will participate in the bulk planting, along with 30 volunteer NAB workers and a number of students with special needs from Hume Valley College.

Cr Atmaca said the event would further enhance the surrounds of the Pearcedale Parade park.

“Hume City Council has worked hard to redevelop Broadmeadows Town Park, and last year we completed works on a new playground that includes swings and climbing equipment,” he said.

“There are also new bike racks at the entrance to the park, as well as seats and picnic areas which create a great spot for a family get-together.

“We’ll plant our seedlings in the mulched bed which nestles in between the playground and the carpark for Kangan TAFE.”

The United Nations commenced World Environment Day in 1972 to raise awareness around the globe about environmental issues.

The theme of World Environment Day in 2015 is the link between human health, and a healthy and natural environment.

Cr Atmaca said Hume City Council’s volunteers would highlight this issue when they participated in the mass planting at Broadmeadows Town Park.

“Aboriginal Australians have, for thousands of years, adapted the natural resources of this continent to their own needs,” he said.

“They understand how the land can provide sustenance, as well as many health benefits, and I’m sure our planting day will assist a great number of people to better appreciate the way plants can be utilised for good.

“The event will be a practical way to support our own environment, and I encourage everyone who visits the park after World Environment Day to take a few minutes to browse the garden display.”

More information about Hume City Council’s environmental initiatives is here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 14 May 2015

Updated : 9:23 AM, 14 May 2015

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