Soroptimists’ centenary celebrated through tree planting

More than 250 trees have been planted at the Porters Creek Landcare site as part of activities for World Environment Day on June 5.

It was also part of centenary celebrations of the Soroptimist organisation with members all over the world committing to plant 100 trees in their local area to commemorate the 100 years.

Fourteen members of Soroptimist International Brisbane Water ventured north to Wyong to plant 250 trees along Porters Creek in Alison Rd, which will assist to preserve and protect the biodiversity of Porters Creek Wetland.

It is the largest freshwater wetland in the Central Coast region and is valuable to protect water quality in Wyong River and the Tuggerah Lakes system, as well as drinking water, flood mitigation, biodiversity and the health of the lakes.

Central Coast Council’s Landcare Team Leader, Michael Smith, supplied all the planting equipment and saplings, which were specifically propagated to match the natural native species and other planting guidelines.

Council volunteers will keep up the watering and maintenance of the trees to ensure their survival and President of Brisbane Water Soroptimists, Jill Godwin, said their planting group would visit the site later in the year to track progress of the trees.

This year Soroptimists across the world are celebrating the centenary of the organisation that now boasts a membership of more than 75,000 women in 120 countries, with the pledge to make the world a better place for women and girls.

“As the first project carried out in California in 1921 involved saving a redwood forest from loggers, the tree planting at Wyong as part of World Environment Day seemed like an ideal way to commemorate 100 years of the Soroptimists,” Godwin said.

“Our Mission Statement is to inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships.

“We are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide,” Godwin said.

Sue Murray

1 Comment on "Soroptimists’ centenary celebrated through tree planting"

  1. Aloma Fennell | June 29, 2021 at 10:40 am |

    Excellent! congratulations to all of the women who took up a spade, I’m sorry I couldnt be there with them. The Soroptomists certainly make a difference not only to their own areas but globally. Well done, the world environment will be a better place, we trust, as a result of your work. Thank you

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