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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 $13,100 from the Queen`s Platinum Jubilee Tree Planting Program which will run from 2021-2024. The project will plant a variety of trees, install a commemorative plaque and hold an event in honour of The Queen’s Jubilee. This will enhance the tree canopy and provide additional habitat for native fauna.

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.  

Schools around Penrith have commemorated the passing of Queen Elizabeth II with ceremonies funded as part of the Australian Government’s Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee Program.

The grant program was created with the intention of marking the Jubilee – 70 years of service – of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in 2022, allowing communities to celebrate the occasion, and create a legacy of tree plantings across the nation for Australians to enjoy.

Though grant applications opened prior to the Queen’s passing, the ceremonies have become memorials, allowing school students and members of the local community to pay their respects.

A tree planting ceremony was held at Montgrove College on Monday, December 5, which saw the school’s staff and students come out in strides, in the company of Londonderry MP Prue Car, Penrith MP Stuart Ayres, and a representative of Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh.

With their grant being received prior to the Queen’s passing, Principal Lourdes Mejia said that the ceremony was made even more momentous. “It was a very special occasion, with a number of special guests in attendance,” she said. “It had a special tone, because we received the grant before the Queen passed away, and this happened afterwards, so it was almost double the celebration, or a commemoration, of what she’s done in her life.”

Prior to the planting of 25 new trees on Montgrove’s school grounds, the Montgrove primary choir performed ‘Sing’, a song that was commissioned for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Another ceremony was held at Penola Catholic College the following day, at which Ms McIntosh, who put forward the project, was in attendance.

The event was a great success, allowing for the school’s community to benefit in a number of ways, said Principal Jim Fanning. “From being involved in this project our community has gained an increased community awareness and celebration of Her Majesty’s Jubilee, and created a legacy of tree plantings that increases and enhances the area of tree canopy at Penola,” he said. Mr Fanning also noted that the ceremony was just as much about creating connections with the land and its traditional owners. “During the ceremony we emphasised that Australia is sacred land, and we acknowledged the traditional owners of this land, the Dharug, Gandangara and Wiradjuri people, who have walked upon and cared for this land for thousands of years,” Mr Fanning said. “The planting of the olive trees planted at Penola was one way for our community to acknowledge the traditional owners’ care of the land and everyone’s connection to Country.”

The trees will serve as permanent tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
The Western Weekender (NSW), 14 December 2022. 



Address:75 Mackellar Street, Penola Catholic College, Emu Plains, 2750
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.742808
Long: 150.677598
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:Tuesday 6th December, 2022
Source: MA
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