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Students at Coolum State School will remember Her Majesty’s seventy years of service for years to come, thanks to a Federal Government grant to plant native trees on its campus.

Federal Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien attended the tree planting event with students, teachers and staff today to commemorate the life of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

The $8,600 Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee grant secured by Ted O’Brien through the former Coalition Government will be used to landscape a garden area and Bike Trail precinct on the northern periphery of Coolum State School’s oval.

Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Ted O’Brien said planting trees would provide a meaningful way for the school community to remember the extraordinary life of service of the late Monarch.

“The Queen led a remarkable life of service to her country and to her Commonwealth,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I am very pleased to be able to support Coolum State School’s fitting tribute to Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.”

“The tree plantings will extend the canopy of trees from the adjacent Noosa National Park into the school grounds, providing natural shade for the school community to enjoy and a lasting tribute to Her Majesty for generations to come.”

Coolum State School Principal, Anthony Ryan, said the plantings will provide a new generation of trees to complement the existing trees on the school campus.

“Our school is 105 years old and benefits from many mature trees on our grounds” Mr Ryan said.

“Planting more younger trees will ensure future generations of students can appreciate these trees and benefit from their shade for many years to come.

“We have selected native species to encourage to provide an extended habitat for the local wildlife in our grounds. The students love to see and hear the local birds during the day.”

Media Contact: Mr O’Brien: Mitch Bland | 0401 257 064 |

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