Chief Minister Stanhope is letting us know that on top of luring a string of foreign dignitaries to his arboretum he’s now be able to star spot with some sportspeople:
Mr Stanhope said he was delighted that Mal Meninga, Lauren Jackson, Robert De Castella, and David Campese had agreed to attend the special tree planting ceremony on Monday, March 7.
“These individuals have made a remarkable contribution to our city and our nation as sporting champions and role-models for aspiring athletes,” Mr Stanhope said. “And now their legacy and connection to Canberra will be recognised through the planting of a tree at the National Arboretum.”
The sporting stars will each plant an Araucaria cunninghamii, commonly known as the Hoop pine, which is native to eastern Australia and Papua New Guinea. The drought resistant tree grows to a height of 30-36m and can live up to 450 years.
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All Canberra sport and tree lovers are invited to come along to watch a 11am in the National Arboretum’s Central Valley.