Far North Queensland residents can make their own contribution to greening our future by taking home a free tree from Cairns ECOfiesta courtesy of the Wet Tropics Management Authority.
The Wet Tropics of Queensland was inscribed as a World Heritage property in 1988, and the tree giveaway is one of many ways the Authority is marking the 30 year milestone this year.
The trees are native rainforest species and were specially selected by Envirocare Kuranda to be suitable for North Queensland backyards. They will be available to the first 300 people who request them at the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s stalls.
Executive Director Scott Buchanan said the 30th Anniversary was an opportunity to celebrate the World Heritage listing as a significant milestone and to encourage people to consider the next 30 years.
“Cairns ECOfiesta marks the launch of six months celebrations for #WetTropics30 leading up to the December anniversary of Wet Tropics’ listing.”
“The World Heritage Area is such a complex and fascinating web of life. It provides us with a source of endless experiences and places to visit. It is an important drawcard for national and international visitors and a source of inspiration, as well as economic activity, for locals.”
“The Wet Tropics is a living cultural landscape and remains important in the lives of Rainforest Aboriginal people. Six years ago the World Heritage Area was placed on the National Heritage List for its Aboriginal cultural values.”
Mr Buchanan said the Authority’s ECOfiesta program was packed with festivities to kick off the 30 year celebrations.
“We are proud to support Cairns ECOfiesta this year, and are bringing local wildlife educationalists Zoo to You and MiniBeast Wildlife along.”
“As well as officially launching the 30th Anniversary, we’re arranging some insightful conversations with special guests and previous Cassowary Award recipients, cultural storytelling, rainforest collage making and other activities,” he said.
Image caption: ECOfiesta visitors can collect free seedlings from the Wet Tropics Management Authority area. L-R Chantal Kitamura, intern; Scott Buchanan, executive director, Sandra Abell, principal scientist
Credit: Wet Tropics Images/Mia Lacy