Blue Trees in the Burbs

Blue Trees in the Burbs


Thank you for sharing your Blue Trees and helping us raise awareness of mental health issues this Mental Health Week.

Last Updated: 19 October 2020 Follow Engagement

Mental Health Week 10-17 October encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing regardless of whether we may have a lived experience of mental illness or not.

One in five Australians is affected by mental illness yet many don’t seek help because of the stigma. We can all do something to reduce the stigma and start a conversation about mental health. If you are concerned about someone and even if you aren’t quite sure what to say, the important thing is to say something. By starting a conversation and letting them know you care you can make a big difference to how they are feeling and may help them seek the help they need. Everyone experiences mental health issues at some point in their lives.

It’s important not to underestimate the importance of just being there for someone.

What Is the Blue Tree Project?

The Blue Tree Project began in Western Australia and encourages people to paint a dead tree that needs a ‘blue lease on life’ and act as a visual reminder to encourage people to talk about mental health, check in with their loved ones and friends, and speak up when battling mental health concerns.

'By spreading the paint and spreading the message that "it’s OK to not be OK", we can help break down the stigma that’s still largely attached to mental health.'

Find out more about the Blue Tree story

Community Involvement

This Mental Health Week we asked the community to participate in our Blue Trees in the Burbs project by creating their very own blue tree to turn the City blue!

Photo submissions were open from Monday, 14 September to 4.00pm on Monday, 19 October 2020.

Terms and Conditions
  • Open to ages 16 + from Monday, 14 September to 4.00pm on Monday, 19 October 2020.
  • Eligible submissions include an image of your own blue tree or an image of the blue tree colouring in sheet photogaphed in the window of your house.
  • You can submit more than one photo
  • You will only submit content which you have personally created or have the right to submit
  • You must have permission from the person/people in the image and will be asked to confirm this when you submit
  • You have the approval of all parents and/or legal guardians of the child/children depicted in the entry
  • You may be contacted to request a higher resolution of your photo
  • By submitting your photo you agree to allow the City of Melville to:
    • Alter the photo colours
    • Exhibit and/or print your photo
    • Post your photo on social media or use in promotional activities
  • Photos that are not of a high quality or resolution may not be displayed
  • Photos that are deemed inappropriate may not be displayed
  • The prize is as follows:
    • There are five group passes to Goanna Mini Golf to be won. Four vouchers for blue tree submissions and one for colouring sheet in submissions
    • One voucher per winner
    • City of Melville employees are not eligible in the draw
    • Winners will be selected at random from all entries received
    • The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered
    • Winners will be notified by email
  • These Terms and Conditions are subject to change
Have a tree at home you want to paint?

Make sure it's not still alive or being used as habitat for local wildlife.

Visit the Blue Tree Project FAQs for painting suggestions including colour, quantity etc.


  • Monday, 14 September 2020
  • Photo submissions open
  • 4.00 pm Monday, 19 October 2020
  • Photo submissions close
  • 23 October 2020
  • Winners notified by email

How We Engaged With You

Who we engaged with?

We engaged with the whole City of Melville community including visitors to raise awareness of  mental health issues and reduce stigma associated with seeking support.

How could you get involved?

The community were invitied to share a photo of your version of a blue tree on an ideas wall on this engagement page.

What happens with the information the community shares?

Each photo entrant will be in the draw to win one of five group passes to Goanna Mini Golf.

All images will be kept in the ideas wall for the community to see.

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