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Sunday 26th July
Celebrate National Tree Day Today, Sunday 26th July
Wyong Shire Council will celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Tree Day on Sunday.
National Tree Day is Australia’s largest tree-planting event and is a great chance to do something positive for the community.
To celebrate volunteers will be planting natives at the Long Jetty Lions Park, which is part of The Stepping Stones Wildlife Corridor, an important urban link between the two sections of Wyrrabalong National Park.
Council’s Natural Areas Volunteer Support Officer, Mrs Nikki Bennetts, said National Tree Day is more than just planting trees.
Wyong Shire Landcare Groups 500th Volunteer Signed
“Landcare is growing in Wyong Shire and we recently signed up our 500th volunteer!”
“It’s also a great chance to be outdoors and make a difference to this important wildlife corridor in our Shire with the community and Mrs Nikki Bennetts,” Mrs Bennetts said.
Council has more than 30 established Landcare groups across the Shire who work to protect, rehabilitate and manage our natural environment as well as 12 school groups doing their part.
“Landcare is more than removing weeds and planting trees, the volunteers also regenerate certain areas to help return them to their natural state as well as monitoring and maintaining their work.
“Plus it is a great way to get out into our beautiful environment and meet new people who all share the same passion,” Mrs Bennetts added.
Keeping Our Shire Green
Council’s Mayor, Doug Eaton OAM, said between the volunteers and Council staff, more than 22,640 trees, shrubs and groundcovers were planted across the Shire last financial year.
“There’s been a lot of discussion around the impacts of our new tree policy, but these figures show clearly we are doing our bit to help keep our Shire green,” Mayor Eaton said.
“Anyone can make a difference, so bring the family and friends down to Long Jetty on Sunday and be a part of this great day.
“Our Landcare and Tidy Towns groups play an important role in our Shire by improving local flora and fauna habitats as well as the look of our community.”
When: Sunday 26 July
Where: Lion Park – The Entrance Road, Long Jetty (aka the Rocket Park)
What to bring: Please bring your own gloves, trowel and hat
What will be supplied: plants and drinking water as well as a BBQ for all the helpers
RSVP: Rebecca Dugan 4350 5555 (ext 5734)
Article compiled by Gaye Crispin, Coast Times