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Important Tree Planting At Botanic Gardens

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A beautiful tree soon to be planted in Bundaberg’s Japanese Gardens will continue to bloom in line with a 20 year friendship between two regions.

The stunning tree will take its place along a newly established path in the Botanic Gardens and will feature a special plaque to symbolise the 20-year-strong Sister City relationship and friendship between the Bundaberg Region and Settsu, Japan.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said a tree planting ceremony would mark the 20 year anniversary on Saturday morning, with 19 delegates from the Japanese city visiting Bundaberg for the celebrations.

“The Agreement with Settsu emphasizes the principles of friendship, mutual understanding, goodwill, peace and prosperity and set the direction for a range of exchange programs,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“We warmly welcome Mayor Kazumasa Moriyama and delegates from Settsu and thank them for such an amazing friendship spanning two decades.

“We hope their stay in our beautiful region is a memorable one.”

On Saturday, Norville State Primary School students will lead the commemorations at the Botanic Gardens from 9am.

“Over 50 students will take part in this momentous occasion, with Taiko drummers leading the event and the school choir performing Waltzing Matilda and two traditional Japanese songs for our special guests on the day,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“Then, the planting of the tree will commence.”

Mayor Dempsey said the crepe myrtle was chosen for the occasion because it closely resembled the cherry blossom tree which thrived throughout Japan.

“While the cherry blossom cannot flourish in warmer climates like we experience in Bundaberg, the crepe myrtle produces the same beautiful bright pink floral colouring,” he said.

Michelle Price has been working as a journalist since 1999 and loves human interest pieces.

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