One man’s mission supported by people far and wide

IN 2014 David Cooper moved to Girle Street Yelarbon, situated on the eastern side of the Lagoon.

When he arrived, he noticed there was not a tree between them and the Lagoon and David set out to change that.

The local community put in donations to hire a dingo and David dug around 100 holes to plant the trees.

All of the trees were donated by BEST Nursery Inverell manager Julie McRae, and Claude gave some invaluable assistance.

So far, there have been more than 150 trees donated to the project, the trees are all native to attract suitable wildlife to the area.

Posts were donated by Jeff Girle of Yelarbon Sawmill, these were used as screening at the end of the road and as a wind break for the young trees.

Todd Lewis from Cecil Plains Sawmill donated two pallets of palings, between Jeff and Todd, the project has a lovely screened area.

David sprayed the screens at his own cost to polish off the project.

One semi-trailer load of garden soil was donated by Bulmer and Co of Goondiwindi which was used to build up around the trees.

Inglewood Quarries donated a semi-load of soil which replaced clay soil and Stuart James helped to plant the trees.

A large bale of garden mulch and soil was donated by Helen and Gren from Leichart Nursery, of Goondiwindi.

David thanked local police officer Steve Chapman for his ongoing support and assistance to the project.

Home Timber and Hardware’s Clive donated 10 bags of potting mix, a large bag of native fertiliser and 20 bags of cement.

The project was started by one man on a mission, and is an ongoing project in a small town with passionate community-minded people.

“Thanks to our little community and others that helped from far a and wide just by asking David achieved his mission by asking and hard work,” a spokesperson said.

David thanked Rob McKenzie and Dion Jones from Goondiwindi council for their support, suggestions and approval for the project.

Also THANKS must go to ROB McKENZIE and DION JONES From Goondiwindi council for their support, suggestions and approval in this project.