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Blue Tree Project coming to Moree

BLUE trees are appearing around the countryside.

There is an important and poignant reason behind each one – and one will soon be established in Moree.

The Blue Tree Project showcases vibrant, coloured trees as symbols to raise awareness for mental health and start meaningful conversations about mental health.

The blue tree reflects the message that everyone has blue days, and provides those currently dealing with mental illness reassurance they are not alone and, most importantly, that help is available.

Recently, Moree Plains Shire Council obtained funding from WayAhead Small Grants to bring the Blue Tree Project to Moree, encouraging community members and passers-by to have healthy discussions about mental health.

Director of Planning and Community Development, Angus Witherby said the Blue Tree Project will help to break down the stigma associated with mental illness.

The Blue Tree project has been established at Warialda (above), and is being planned for Moree.

“The lives of many in our community, like so many others, have been deeply affected by events of the recent past: bushfires, the prolonged drought and the challenges and unsettling nature of dealing with COVID-19. The Blue Tree Project is a unique initiative and could not be more welcomed in Moree,” Mr Witherby said.

“Mental health is a very important topic that people should feel comfortable talking to their friends, family and co-workers about. Moree’s blue tree will hopefully encourage us all to speak out when doing it tough and remind us that a conversation could provide us with relief on our blue days.”

Moree Plains Shire Council is currently planning a community paint day, where community members will be invited to take part in painting the tree or writing messages on river stones that will be cemented around the tree.

A local contractor will begin trimming back and painting the top of Moree’s blue tree in the coming days.

Details regarding the community paint day will be announced soon.

For more information about the Blue Tree Project and the story behind it, go to: https://www.bluetreeproject.com.au/

Media Release: Thursday, October 8, 2020