GET INVOLVED: #NatureNearYou runs until the 5th of June.
GET INVOLVED: #NatureNearYou runs until the 5th of June.

New species to be discovered with special project

WESTERN Downs and Maranoa residents with a green thumb are encouraged to take part in a new challenge that will see our regions become a little greener.

Origin is encouraging everyone to get involved in the #NatureNearYou challenge to celebrate World Environment Day on 5 June.

Traditionally, Origin volunteers would be out and about undertaking a range of environmental projects, from helping clean up the Roma Bush Gardens and Judd's Lagoon at Yuleba, to community support activities in Miles and Chinchilla.

Alexandra Kennedy-Clark, General Manager for Origin's Condabri, Talinga and Orana Assets said the project would encourage people to get out of the house while observing social distancing measures.

"Origin is encouraging everyone to step outside and share photos of plants and animals living among us to help build the 'Atlas of Living Australia', Australia's national biodiversity database hosted by CSIRO," she said.

Visit www.inaturalist.ala.org.au/ to share your observations with others, discuss your findings and possibly contribute to the Atlas of Living Australia.Ruth Lee, who manages the volunteering program run by the Origin Energy Foundation, is looking forward to seeing what Australians can find in their own backyards.

"In the current circumstances where people are so much more in touch with their local environments and wanting to contribute to the bigger picture, this is good opportunity to keep people engaged," she said.