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Six thousand extra trees for remembrance driveway



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Bob Brown Minister for Land Transport

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24 April 1991

SIX THOUSAND EXTRA TREES FOR REMEMBRANCE DRIVEWAY

The Hawke Government has reached a further milestone in its plan to refurbish the nation's living memorial to Australia's war dead — the 290 km Remembrance Driveway between Sydney and Canberra.

The five-year program to increase the number of tree plantings along the memorial route to 56 000 was on schedule, the Land Transport Minister, Bob Brown, said today.

'six thousand trees in a scheme to plant a further 36 000 Remembrance Driveway trees by 1995 were put in place last y e a r ', Mr Brown said.

Mr Brown is the Federal Minister responsible for the National Highway, along which the avenue of honour runs.

Twenty-six thousand trees line the route already, most planted in the 1950s, but a further 30 000 native trees will be placed along the route during the next four years.

The plantings will cost the Commonwealth $360 000.

The Federal Government has responsibility for the Hume and Federal Highways, which link Sydney and Canberra.

'It is partly because of the many large bypasses and deviations being built along the route that we have had to replant sections of the Remembrance Driveway to correspond to the new highway alignment', Mr Brown said.

He praised the efforts of the Remembrance Driveway Committee, headed by retired Major General Kevin Latchford. Since World War II, the committee has established 41 plantations along the Remembrance Driveway route.

The new plantings would add a further 12 plantations to the total, Mr Brown said.

Like the thinning ranks of Australia's returned service personnel, some of the older trees in the original plantings are dying out. These will be replaced.

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1 The Remembrance Driveway Committee is upgrading about 17 plantations between South Strathfield and "the crossroads" at Liverpool.

'Bankstown, Fairfield and Liverpool councils have assisted the committee's efforts and plans are under way for the Army to sponsor landscaping at Kenny Hill Interchange on the F5 later this y ear1, Mr Brown said.

'The Federal Government's initiative will ensure that members of the nation's armed forces who have fallen in various conflicts will continue to be remembered by those who travel this road', he said.

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