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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 $20,000 from the Queen`s Platinum Jubilee Tree Planting Program which will run from 2021-2024. The project will plant an avenue of mature trees, install a commemorative plaque and hold an event in honour of The Queen’s Jubilee. This will enhance the habitat of native fauna and enhance the tree canopy. 

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.  

A permanent Newcastle memorial to the late Queen Elizabeth the second has been completed.

A 700-metre long avenue of native trees have been planted along the creek side of Maryland Drive – the 70 trees were initially planned as part of Platinum Jubilee celebrations to mark the late Queen’s 70 years of service but they will now be a lasting tribute to her and the visits she paid Newcastle during her reign.

The project was jointly funded by City of Newcastle and the Australian Government’s Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee Program, which was designed to support community-based tree planting events across Australia. 

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and Federal Member Sharon Claydon visited the site this week to unveil a commemorative plaque and plant the final three trees.

A large garden bed planted with native shrubs and grasses is located at the beginning of the Queen’s Jubilee Avenue and features a large sandstone block, providing a striking centrepiece to display the commemorative plaque. 

Twelve native tree species were chosen in the planting program to provide the maximum benefit to the biodiversity of this area and ensure the successful establishment of vegetation within an important wildlife corridor. 

The project also involves restoration of the northern vegetation surrounding Maryland Creek enabling wildlife to move between landscapes, creating more resilient local wildlife populations and ensuring weeds are kept to a minimum. 

Future community-tree planting events will be held to improve the connection of the Queen’s Jubilee Avenue of Native Trees, Maryland Creek, and the nearby RAMSAR-listed Hunter Wetlands, which are internationally significant for migratory shorebirds and other wildlife. 
2HD Newcastle, 20 October 2022. 



Address:Maryland Drive, Maryland, 2287
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.887128
Long: 151.664793
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


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:October-2022
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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