Planting project to increase urban canopy along Johnson Road Gracemere


Johnson Road, Gracemere is set to receive a tree planting makeover with increased tree canopy along the centre median strips and nearby footpaths.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams said he was thrilled to undertake the tree planting project along a high profile and high-use road in Gracemere.

“The Johnson Road centre median strips will see 23 additional tree plantings across three species as well as new underground irrigation, increasing the area’s expected canopy coverage by 50% upon maturity, over the next 10-15 years,” Mayor Williams said.

“The three species were selected due to their history of thriving in similar conditions, as well as meeting safety criteria for street trees.

“Under Council’s 2023/24 Parks and Open Space Planting program, two additional planting projects will occur in conjunction with the median strip plantings.

“29 trees will be planted along the footpath on Johnson Road between Fisher Street and Bland Street, and a further 13 trees will be planted behind Waraburra State School along the footpath on Middle Road.

“All of these planting projects honour our commitment to urban greening and will further beautify the area, making for an aesthetically pleasing road, servicing a local primary school and other key community assets.”

The three species being planted are Lophostemon confertus, barklya syringifolia, and xanthostemon chrysanthus ‘Fairhill Gold’.

Planting will commence today with minimal disruption to road users or pedestrians and is expected to reach completion by the end of June 2024.

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