Katy Gallagher met with the Mayor of Queanbeyan Tim Overall today in order to present the ACT’s Birthday gift to our favourite neighbor Queanbeyan.
It’s a lot of trees, like 1000 of them.
I hope Queanbeyan likes trees.
“To help celebrate Queanbeyan’s milestone birthday of 175 years and to commemorate the special relationship between our two cities, approximately 1,000 new trees are being planted along the verges of Canberra Avenue and in the median between Hindmarsh Drive and Woods Lane,” the Chief Minister said.
“The gift is a mix of native and exotic tree species including Inland Scribbly gum, She oak, Brittle gum, Atlas cedar, Turkey oak and Pin oak, creating a planted corridor along the main transit link between the nation’s capital and our closest neighbor – Queanbeyan.”
Most of the new trees have been provided by Yarralumla Nursery and will be cared for by the ACT Government to help them get established. The new trees will be marked by a sign which the Chief Minister unveiled today, which reads ‘Queanbeyan 175th Anniversary Tree Plantings 1838-2013, Gift from the ACT.’
“The people of ACT and Queanbeyan have fostered a special relationship which dates back to when Canberra was working to establish itself as a city for people to call home. Queanbeyan was where Canberrans went to shop and for entertainment, and their community advocated for our city to become the nation’s capital,” the Chief Minister said.
“Last month I was honoured to accept an armillary sphere sundial from Queanbeyan as a gift to Canberra for our centenary year. The sundial, which is located at the National Arboretum Canberra, and now our gift of trees will endure as symbols of the strong ties between our two cities,” the Chief Minister said.
It’s cool, it looks like they do like trees.
“This is such a thoughtful gift and I thank the ACT very much on behalf of all our residents. The tree corridor will not only beautify the entrance into Queanbeyan from the ACT, but will be representative of the close bond between the cities, creating yet another enduring link of friendship,” Mr Overall concluded.
Or Queanbeyan is just lying to be polite and save our feelings.