National Arboretum Canberra


Fire and Rescue Services

In recognition of the Australia's Fire and Rescue Services

Every day, Australia's fire and rescue services support our community. The National Arboretum Canberra is grateful for the contribution that Australia's fire and rescue services have made, not only to the Arboretum and the ACT, but to the Australian community in general. This page recognises this contribution.

The Bunya pine tree, which has fire protection characteristics, has been selected to symbolise the courage and dedication shown by current and past firefighters and aims to symbolise firefighters as a collective while recognising the contribution made by Australia's firefighters to the National Arboretum Canberra.

Panoramic view of the Arboretum Visitors Centre and surrounding area

Bushfires swept through the ACT, including the current Arboretum site in 2001 and 2003. The Arboretum has risen from the ashes of those fires and the people of Canberra are forever grateful for the contribution made by the nation's firefighters.

A photo of a bushfire engulfing trees

Honour rolls dedicated to firefighters across Australia have been established by other jurisdictions and can be visited by clicking on the links below:


About the Bunya pine (Araucaria bidwillii)

A photo of the Bunya Pine forest at the Arboretum

The National Arboretum Canberra has a vast collection of Bunya pine trees located in Forest 71. Although the trees are in their infancy, visitors can see the magnificence of the Bunya pine while also being able to enjoy the vista of the nation's capital.

The Bunya pine is a large tree, growing up to 40 metres in height, with a straight, rough-barked trunk, and a very distinctive symmetrical, dome-shaped crown, standing strong, majestic and proud, which is representative of firefighters. Seeds from the Bunya pine germinates to form an underground tuber from which the aerial shoots emerge. The actual emergence of the seed occurs over several years. This allows the seedlings to emerge under optimum climatic conditions and is an adaptation that assists the plant to avoid fire. This helps to protect the seed from fire damage and promote the ongoing survival of the species.

National Arboretum and ACT Fire Service logos

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