State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley today congratulated Hillsmeade Primary School for participating in Schools Tree Day.

Schools Tree Day is part of the National Tree Day program, which is coordinated by Planet Ark. It was co-founded by Olivia Newton-John in 1996 and aims to encourage all Australians to improve the environment by planting native trees and shrubs.

Ms Graley, who donated 100 Australian native trees and plants for the event, congratulated the students at Hillsmeade on their enthusiasm on the day.

“Hillsmeade Primary School has shown a strong commitment to protecting our local environment,” she said

“Today’s successful tree planting day was a great effort by the students and enthusiastic staff members,”

“I was impressed by the knowledge of the children on the need to keep planting trees,”

“I know the students will enjoy watching their trees grow,”

“The challenge of climate change involves all of us doing what we can to protect our environment for future generations.”

“We need to continue doing all we can as a community to protect the environment in which we live by planting native trees and plants in our schools and parks,”

Last year, thousands of volunteers planted over 1 million native trees, shrubs and grasses at more than 2,900 sites nationwide as part of the National Tree Day program.