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The trees were planted, and a commemorative plaque unveiled, in honour of Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate her Platinum Jubilee and acknowledge her 70 years of service as Australia`s Head of State.

The project received funding of $4,700 from the Queen`s Platinum Jubilee Tree Planting Program to plant trees which will run from 2021-2024. The project will plant advanced shade trees, install a commemorative plaque and hold an event in honour of The Queen’s Jubilee. This will enhance community well-being and enjoyment of their local environment.

Elizabeth II (21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022) was Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms from 6 February 1952 until her death in 2022. She was queen regnant of 32 sovereign states during her lifetime, and was head of state of 15 realms at the time of her death. Her reign of 70 years and 214 days was the longest of any British monarch and the longest verified reign of any female monarch in history.  

On Monday afternoon Hillston Lions Club held a public event to honour 70 years of dedicated service (Platinum Jubilee) by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, to Australia and to the Commonwealth. By planting trees, Hillston Lions Club hope they will have a lasting tribute to Her Majesty in our community.

Hillston Lions Club made application in April 2022 to plant a number of trees in the John Fensom Lions Explorer Park under the Queen’s Jubilee Tree Planting Grant sponsored by the Commonwealth Government.

The original application included plans to plant 8 advanced growth Plane trees and construct a curved brick retaining wall with an emu statue at its focus. Following approval, Lions changed the trees to Acer feemannii (‘Autumn Blaze’ Maples) on the advice of council due to their stunning red foliage and less invasive nature. The grant did not include the curved wall or the emu statue.

The advanced growth Autumn Blaze trees were planted in late June. Unfortunately, the weather over the winter and spring months did not allow Lions to install the irrigation system or the rock on which the dedication plaque would be placed. This is still to be completed as the ground dries out. The project was to be completed by the end of December 2022 ie at the end of Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee year.

All up, the Commonwealth grant came to $4,200 with the advanced growth trees taking up the greater majority of the funds. Part of the funding was to include a public commemorative event at the end of the project.

On Monday, Lions hosted a small commemorative event led by The Honourable Susan Ley, Member for Farrer. Also in attendance were Helen Dalton MP, First Vice District Governor 201N4 Lion Geoff Freudenstein, a number of Councillors from the Carrathool Shire and invited members of the community.
Hillston Lions Club was greatly assisted by the Hillston Town Gardening staff of Rohan Johnston, Tom Correy, Christian Wallace, Andrew Widdersen and Matt Bray who provided advice on the species of tree to be planted, helped to plant the trees and who will assist us in caring for the trees into the future. We thank the Carrathool Shire Council for their in-kind support of this initiative.
Facebook, Lions District 201N4, 6 December 2022.



Address:Oxley Avenue, John Fensom Lions Explorer Park, Hillston, 2675
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.479879
Long: 145.534092
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Trees
Monument Theme:Government
Actual Event Start Date:06-February-1952
Actual Event End Date:06-February-2022


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 5th December, 2022
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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