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Get growing for the future on National Tree Day

Posted 15 July 2009 by (Hurstville News)

Mayor Badalati said Hurstville City residents can help combat climate change and provide food and shelter for local wildlife by planting native trees and shrubs.

“People in our City have demonstrated great support for the environment by planting thousands of trees and shrubs over the years on National Tree Day,” he said.

“In 2009, a significant milestone is expected to be reached, with the planting of the 15 millionth tree.

“Who knows - you might just be the volunteer who plants the historic tree!”

Cr Bill Pickering, who is instrumental in organising volunteers from South Metropolitan Regional Scouts and Georges River/Riverwood Rotary Club, said planting native trees and shrubs is a great way to make a positive contribution in the local community

“Residents in the Hurstville local government area truly enjoy an abundance of exceptional natural bushland and recreational parks,” he said.

“I encourage you to get involved and invest in our future environment on National Tree Day.

“This is something each of us can do to reduce society’s environmental impact and help in the fight against climate change.”

Since Planet Ark launched National Tree Day in 1996, more than 2 million volunteers have planted over 13 million native trees and shrubs across Australia.

2009 National Tree Day planting details:

Road island, bordered by Forest and Belmore Roads, Lugarno
Sunday, 2 August 2009 from 9.30am. All welcome.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear suitable clothing on the day and bring along gloves, enclosed footwear, sunscreen, drinking water and useful tools.

Hurstville City Council will provide 600 trees and shrubs for planting, and Lugarno Lions will hold a sausage sizzle on the day in appreciation of volunteers’ hard work.

For more information, contact Council’s Manager – Parks Maintenance John Scanlon on 0411 744 029.

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