Far North Coast residents concerned about their carbon footprint can thank the Lennox Head community as they get set to rally together on World Environment Day and plant 1250 trees on top of the Lennox Headland.

Thursday 5th June is World Environment Day and as part of the celebrations happening right around the globe, GeoLINK in conjunction with Ballina Shire Council and Lennox Head Landcare is organising the 6th annual Lennox Head Community Tree Planting Day.

World Environment Day is a significant event on the global calendar.

According to the website, the day’s agenda is to give a human face to environmental issues; empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development; promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues; and advocate partnership, which will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future.

Ballina Shire Council will be supplying the trees, mulch, water and some planting gear on the day.

The plantings contribute each year to the ongoing restoration works occurring on the iconic Lennox Headland.

The plantings are of littoral rainforest species in order to bring back the rainforest community that was once present on the headland pre 1800s.

GeoLINK’s Business Development Co-ordinator, Alicia Foster, says GeoLINK is enormously proud to be involved in the Community Tree Planting Day initiative.

“An important part of GeoLINK’s mission is helping the communities in which we live and work to build a sustainable future for our natural and built environments,” she said.

“Community Tree Planting Day is a chance for the Lennox community to be actively involved in protecting a valuable part of the area’s natural heritage, and in particular this pocket of coastline, which is so important to Lennox Head’s unique local identity and culture.”

GeoLINK believes people should take some time on World Environment Day to consider the environmental legacy they are creating. 

Sally Elliott, GeoLINK’s Marketing Co-ordinator, says it’s easy for people to get involved and make a difference.

“All people have to do is show up!” she said.

“We’d love everyone to come along to the Lennox Headland above Pat Morton Lookout starting at  9am until 12pm on Thursday 5th June and help out, even if it’s just for an hour or so.”

And while the day is all about supporting a serious issue, there is plenty of fun to be had as well.

Ms Elliot said: “Thanks to the generosity of local Lennox Head businesses, helpers can enjoy a free sausage sizzle and cold drinks on the day and we also have lots of prizes to giveaway as a way of saying thanks to the community for lending a hand.”

To register your involvement for the 6th Annual Lennox Head Community Tree Planting day, or to find out more about the day, please contact Ms Elliott at GeoLINK on 02 6687 7666 or email selliott@geolink.net.au

PICTURE: An aerial shot of Lennox Point taken about 1965 by Slim Fuller. Note the absence of trees.