Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes smiles alongside grandson Dylan as they plant a tree on a property.

Published on 31 May 2024

Grab a free tree this Sunday!

Onkaparinga residents are encouraged to grab a free tree at a community event this Sunday 2 June, and Australia music legend Jimmy Barnes has thrown his support behind the cause.

The event will take place at Seaford Community Centre from 2–4:30pm and aside from your free tree (bring ID to prove you’re an Onkaparinga resident), you can enjoy:

  • a special Welcome to Country, smoking and painting ceremony
  • entertainment form The Amazing Drumming Monkeys
  • expert tree advice
  • kids face painting, ochre play and craft activities across the afternoon
  • hands-on planting demos
  • a habitat workshop suitable for all ages
  • information stalls
  • a BBQ, coffee van and much more!

The event is part of a new One Tree Per Child Onkaparinga campaign, which encourages people of all ages to plant trees and shrubs on their properties – increasing Onkaparinga’s tree canopy while also creating habitat for the vulnerable yellow-tailed black cockatoo.

The campaign is a collaboration between the council and One Tree Per Child – a not-for-profit established by Olivia Newton-John and Jon Dee that has seen hundreds-of-thousands of trees planted in 10 countries – plus Green Adelaide, Arborgreen, Trees For Life and Yates Australia.

The most recent supporter of the campaign is Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes and wife Jane!

“Planting trees with our grandchildren is something that we really enjoy doing,” said Jimmy and Jane.

“As our grandchildren grow, so do their trees. And as those trees grow, the children see that they’re really helping our wildlife and the environment. That’s why we support One Tree Per Child.

“Imagine if every grandparent got to plant a tree with their grandchildren? It would make a really positive difference!! Parents can also get involved too.”

Onkaparinga Mayor Moira Were emphasises that you don’t need to have kids to take part in the campaign, and that simply by planting a tree – or gifting them to loved ones – you’ll be leaving a legacy for the children of tomorrow.

Learn more about the campaign, Sunday’s community event and the species on offer at the council’s website.


One Tree Per Child supporter Jimmy Barnes planting a tree with his grandson, Dylan.