Good news for green thumbs

 Whyalla mayor Jim Pollock is hoping Whyalla residents will get involved in an Adopt a Tree program being run by Whyalla City Council.
Whyalla mayor Jim Pollock is hoping Whyalla residents will get involved in an Adopt a Tree program being run by Whyalla City Council.

Whyalla City Council mayor Jim Pollock is urging Whyalla residents of all ages to become involved in its Adopt a Tree program

Aimed at promoting community involvement and care of trees mainly at property frontages, the program recognises trees as an important and valued community asset and the public's desire to help care for these trees.

The creation of a suitable budget for implementation of the program in the 2014/15 financial year and onwards was also endorsed at the council's latest monthly meeting.

Mr Pollock said he was hopeful a large number of people would become involved.

He said the Adopt a Tree program had been adopted by local governments in South Australia as a result of an unsustainable increase in the cost of water.

Mr Pollock said the Whyalla community would have an opportunity to assist the council in shaping the program in the way it would be run.

"But the good part of this is we can involve the community and they are going to play an important part in the success of this initiative," Mr Pollock said.

"Once we get all the feedback from the community I'm sure there will be a lot of interested residents and take ownership of it.

"Council will supply the trees, but it's about the residents taking ownership of the trees that will be planted at the front of their homes."

Mr Pollock said the initiative was not only for individual residents and encouraged community groups and schools to become involved.

He said the program mainly targeted property frontages where the installation of trees would be on council land and in front of properties.

"The benefits for Whyalla will be improved amenity, shade for streetscape, improved environment and individual incentives will be local recognition including mayoral awards for participating in the top three trees," Mr Pollock said.