Planting a home among the gum trees

19 Jul 2021
Resilient Environment

Manningham residents are encouraged to plant an indigenous tree or habitat shrub and learn more about our environment this National Tree Day after a number of koalas were sighted around our municipality.  

Celebrated on Sunday 1 August, National Tree Day is a call to action for all Australians to put their hands in the earth and give back to their community, by planting a native tree or plant in their own backyards and learning about our environment.    

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this year’s Manningham’s tree planting event will not go ahead, instead residents are invited to learn more about our habitat through a free webinar about home habitat gardening.  

Manningham Mayor Cr Andrew Conlon said it’s very exciting to hear so many koalas have been sighted recently at Westerfolds Park in Templestowe, along the Warrandyte River Reserve and in Wonga Park.  

“The rise in koala sightings have highlighted the importance of habitat restoration,” he said.

“Koala’s are very fussy eaters so we’re continuing to plant Manna Gums along our waterways and Long Leaf Box Eucalyptus along our hill tops, both of which are koala’s favourite foods.”

Manningham has partnered with Sustainable Gardening Australia to host an informative and practical webinar on Wednesday 28 July.  

Residents can learn how they can make their gardens an inviting space for local fauna to visit and live.  

Webinar details
National Tree Day – Home Habitat Gardening
7.00PM to 8.30PM, Wednesday, 28 July
To register, visit