Issue 6
Tuesday, 06 August 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Durack Primary School students Madalyn Duncan (left), Rhys Trenbath, Jakobi Davies were joined by CDU’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Engagement and Success, Professor Philip Seltsikas to mark National Tree Day
Durack Primary School students Madalyn Duncan (left), Rhys Trenbath, Jakobi Davies were joined by CDU’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Engagement and Success, Professor Philip Seltsikas to mark National Tree Day

From little things . . .

By Kaye Hall

Durack Primary School students joined 300,000 people Australia-wide to plant trees as part of National Tree Day 2019, Australia's largest community tree-planting and nature care event. 

In partnership with CDU and Arafura Tree Services, Durack Primary School delivers an educational and physical program of tree planting, which not only helps the environment but also provides amenity for the school, football and cricket club communities.

Member for Spillett, Lia Finocchiaro said she could not thank Charles Darwin University enough for partnering with this program.

“It’s invaluable to the students; they look forward to it every year,” she said.

“Over the five years the program has been running we can see the legacy left by previous students in the tree planting around our community.”

National Tree Day is a call to action for all Territorians to get their hands dirty for the environment. 

Class 5/6 teacher, Jacqueline Edie weaves a strong environmental program through the curriculum, and her students were able to demonstrate a strong understanding of the importance of trees, including providing shade, oxygen, habitat for fauna, aesthetics and agricultural uses.

Arafura Tree Services arborist, Charlie Smith said: “They also remove (or sink) carbon dioxide and absorb greenhouse gasses.”

Student Jakobi Davies said: “It’s amazing that we get to help the environment by planting the trees so that we can help the animals and get rid of the greenhouse gasses.”

The grounds team from CDU Facilities Management prepared the site, dug the holes, sourced the plants and supplied mulch and fertiliser. They will continue to maintain the trees.

CDU’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Engagement and Success, Professor Philip Seltsikas said the grounds team has started to propagate more plants in preparation for next year’s planting.

“We can supply them from our own stock, with a view to continuing around the oval so that we have nice shaded areas for spectators of local football and cricket games.” 

Arborist Charlie Smith and his team are all CDU graduates. 

“I was one of the first graduates of the Diploma of Arboriculture at CDU in the late 1990s,” Mr Smith said.

“Nick has a Diploma and PhD from CDU, and Corey has a Certificate III in Arboriculture and is also a tree climber.”

While every day can be Tree Day, National Tree Day is the last Sunday in July. Sponsored by Toyota Australia, National Tree Day was co-founded in 1996 by Planet Ark and Australian entertainer Olivia Newton-John. Since then, more than 25 million trees have been planted by four million people, and this number continues to grow.