Tree planting push for Townsville’s CBD

Date published: 30 November 2018

Townsville’s CBD is about to get a lot greener, with Council to plant new trees throughout the city on footpaths and median strips.

Council awarded a contract to JMac Constructions for the first stage of the project – which will support 20 jobs.

The project received $1.45 million in funding from the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland program.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the Street Trees project would make the CBD a more beautiful place and support local jobs.

“Shade is very important in our climate and planting new trees will make a huge difference in our CBD – particularly since we lost a lot of trees in Cyclone Yasi,” Cr Hill said.

“This project will support up to 20 local jobs and help encourage residents to spend more time visiting small businesses and exploring the wonderful attractions – such as our street art trail or museums – in the city.”

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said he was pleased funding from Works for Queensland program will help green up and cool down Townsville’s CBD.

“The tree planting project shows what can be achieved when two levels of government work well together,” he said.

“One year ago, we said we would continue to support councils and local communities with Works For Queensland and that’s what we’re doing.

“For the Townsville community, that means improved facilities and projects that support jobs.

“We will continue to support regional communities like Townsville.”

Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said the planting of more trees would significantly improve the appearance of the city centre.

“We’re expecting trees to be planted along Sturt Street, Stanley Street and Stokes Street initially – all the trees have been chosen to suit our dry, tropical climate and for the shade they will offer to pedestrians – and will really enhance our CBD,” Cr Greaney said.

Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Mark Molachino said the Street Trees project would provide a boost to the CBD and support dozens of local jobs.

“I’m looking forward to watching the work crews get out there and start planting as it will make a big impact on our CBD and provide job opportunities for locals,” Cr Molachino said.