Roy Dopson and Margaret Slade from the Gladstone 4WD club.
Roy Dopson and Margaret Slade from the Gladstone 4WD club. Christopher Chan GLA200113TREE

Gladstone 4WD Club joins volunteers to preserve environment

THE Gladstone 4WD Club is much more than grunt and gears.

The active group is also known for its community-minded spirit and environmental awareness, which is evident through its participation in the Boyne Beach Scrub Project on Lillies Beach yesterday.

Building a helping-hand profile, the club is often seen helping with Clean Up Australia Day, and was involved in the clean-up after the floods.

Club environment and safety officer Martin Thomas said the idea to help out with the scrub project originated after the Fitzroy Basin Association contacted the club.

Mr Thomas said the purpose of their involvement was to be a part of community activities.

A group of about eight people turned out to help including a few passionate environmental volunteers.

Despite the heat, the group was keen to help with the tree planting and weeding.

The plants were supplied from a nursery in Yeppoon through the Fitzroy Basin Association.

Mr Thomas said the four-wheel drive club had a community focus and members enjoyed having a good time at events such as the scrub project. "It gives four-wheel drives a better name," he said.

Mr Thomas's wife Margaret Slade said the club often did some really good things. "I think it is important that we help out from time to time."