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National Tree Day: 1 million trees good news for our environment.

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National Tree Day - 1 million trees good news for our environment

The Australian Minister for Conservation, Senator Eric Abetz, today congratulated groups and individuals who took part in National Tree Day.

“I commend the community groups, organisations and individuals who contributed to today’s event and are making a real difference to the Australian environment,” the Minister said.

“Communities are today getting behind the on-ground National Tree Day plantings which will see approximately 1 million trees planted right across Australia.”

“Since its inception in 1996, over 10 million trees have been planted on National Tree Day.

“Amongst the numerous advantages these trees have brought is the reduction of carbon in the atmosphere of approximately 70,000 metric tons.”

The Minister said that the contributions of community groups, organisations and individuals in looking after our natural environment cannot be over-estimated.

“There are many groups in our community who don’t receive recognition for the wonderful on-ground works that they do - on rivers, farms and our coastlines.

“The Howard Government will continue to support and encourage local organisations and groups across the country through community based land care programmes.”

DAFF06/084A 30 July 2006

Further inquiries:

Senator Abetz’s office: Heath Michael 0400 467 232

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