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Oak tree planted in Albany’s Victoria Square Gardens to honour Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee

Stuart McGuckinAlbany Advertiser
Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington, O'Connor MP Rick Wilson and Menang Noongar elder Lester Coyne
Camera IconAlbany Mayor Dennis Wellington, O'Connor MP Rick Wilson and Menang Noongar elder Lester Coyne Credit: City of Albany

An oak tree celebrating the platinum jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II was planted in Albany’s Victoria Square Gardens on Monday.

The City of Albany was the recipient of an $18,000 Federal Government grant to carry out the tree planting. In total, more than $7.8 million of Federal funding has been allocated to local governments, community groups, businesses and schools as part of the the Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee Program across Australia.

Grant between $2000 and $20,000 were given to honour the only British monarch to have spent 70 years on the throne.

Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said planting the tree was a fitting honour for the jubilee.

“It will be unlikely we will see a 70-year platinum jubilee celebration again,” Mr Wellington said.

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“For many of us, the Queen has been the only head of state that we have known in our lifetimes and that is something remarkable.

“The platinum jubilee oak tree will not only commemorate what has been a long and successful reign for the Queen, but honour her service to the Commonwealth as we bid farewell.”

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