Welcoming Intercultural  Neighbours director Natalia Muszkat helps plant the Peace Tree at Tondoon Botanic Gardens.
Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours director Natalia Muszkat helps plant the Peace Tree at Tondoon Botanic Gardens. Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours

Peace Tree planted to celebrate region's diversity

GLADSTONE Tondoon Botanic Gardens is now home to the Peace Tree, planted to symbolise unity for our community and celebrate every person's culture and faith.

The planting ceremony on Thursday recognised the diversity of the region's local population ahead of National Harmony Day today.

Gladstone Regional Council first donated the native grey ebony tree to local organisation Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours, which initiated the Peace Tree project in September.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the Peace Tree was intended to be used as a community meeting place for those who wanted to share messages of peace and hope.

"The Peace Tree was first part of the WIN group's art project Animating Spaces last year, where messages of hope were hung on each branch," Cr Sellers said.

"WIN will continue to share the Peace Tree vision within our communities."

Cr Sellers said the Peace Tree was a permanent living symbol of council's social responsibility to encourage diversity in the region and embrace people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

The Peace Tree is located close to the lake edge adjacent to the main car park at the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens.

For more information about WIN visit www.win-australia.org.au or for more on Harmony Day visit www.harmony.gov.au.



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