Lightning Ridge Tree Avenue

Native Tree Avenue Beautification Project for tourists and locals alike

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Lightning Ridge Tree Avenue

Native Tree Avenue Beautification Project for tourists and locals alike

The issue

The Bill O'Brien Way is the main route into and out of the remote town of Lightning Ridge. It is a 5km stretch of road with an unremarkable landscape, which is unbecoming to a town with such a colourful history and blossoming future with the tourism industry.

The Lightning Ridge Improvement & Beautification Committee (IBC), previously had planted 1.5km of plants leading into the town to create a sense of arrival to the town. Over the years, some plants had been stolen or had succumbed to periods of flood or extended droughts. The IBC were keen to re-establish their project of beautifying the Bill O'Brien Way with a range of native plants.

The solution

The IBC approached the North West Plains Sustainability Group Inc. (NWPSG) with their proposed project to beautify the Bill O'Brien Way with a range of native plants. NWPSG successfully put together $3,000 in funding from both Landcare and their own coffers to put towards the project.

These funds went towards 125 trees chosen for their resilience and uniqueness; Coral Gums, Queensland Bottle Trees and Pin-Cushion Hakeas. An existing artesian bore watering system was in place from the previous project and it was checked for any issues to ensure the plants would have the best start in their new environment.

Along with the existing watering system, plant sleeves and stakes were provided to protect the plants. A local farmer was kind enough to donate hay to be used as mulching material, which ensures the soil to help retain moisture and nutrients.

This planting was completed over 3 days with 8 Outback Links volunteers, 3 Lightning Ridge-based volunteers and 2 NWPSG representatives.

The impact

This project successfully encouraged locals and local groups to think of and implement ways to positively impact their surrounding environment and make their town more inviting to travellers. It produced an aesthetically pleasing native planting that is visible to all, a bonus to the volunteers is a feeling of accomplishment as they can actually see their efforts instantly and can continue to see them grow.

Another product of this project is supporting the local businesses. The purchases of soil and fertilisers from local businesses as well as the procuring morning tea and lunches from cafes for the volunteers over three days provided a flow of funds into the town.

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Key facts

  • Raising the awareness of the benefits of using Native Plants.
  • 125 trees planted over 3 days.
  • This project involved local groups & volunteers as well as groups & volunteers from metropolitan areas.

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