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Students at Coolum Beach Christian College will remember Her Majesty’s seventy years of service for years to come, thanks to a Federal Government grant to plant native trees on their 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 $20,000 Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee grant secured by Ted O’Brien through the former Coalition Government will be used to plant a row of Australian native trees lining an interior road of the College to create a special place for students to enjoy lunchtimes, casual walks and general recreation.

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 our 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 the College to honour Her Majesty’s 70 years of service in such a meaningful way.”

“All tree plantings will be Australian natives, adding to the food source of the local koala population and providing a lasting tribute to Her Majesty for generations to come.”

Coolum Beach Christian College Principal, Mr Terry Hornby said the plantings will include a formal arrangement around a statue of an eagle with an explanatory plinth and plaque commemorating the Jubilee.

“Teaching children is a privilege”, said Mr Hornby. “Growing children surrounded by growing trees has a beautiful symmetry for our community.”

“The trees will be planted by students across all year levels; they will research, plan and do the work themselves.

“The College is grateful to Mr. O’Brien and acknowledges the tremendous work he does for the youth of the Sunshine Coast. His passion and integrity serves us all.”

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

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