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National Tree Day on Sunday

PULL on your gardening gloves and get involved in National Tree Day this Sunday. The day, coordinated by Planet Ark, is in its 20th year and is supported by Wollongong City Council. This year, Council is coordinating tree planting sessions at Greenhouse Park on Springhill Road in Coniston and in Melaleuca Park off Robsons Road in Keiraville. Volunteers can come along between 10am- 12noon. “Planting trees help to create a happy and healthy city. This is a great initiative and one that has long been supported by Council,’’ Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said. “One of Council’s Wollongong 2022 objectives set out in the Community Strategic Plan is to value and protect our environment and this is that aim in action. Plus, it’s a good activity for everyone in the community to get involved in. Together we can preserve and protect our city’s natural vegetation.’’ Today students at local schools will celebrate Schools Tree Day about 100 trees per school in their grounds, includin The students, from schools including St Michaels at Thirroul. “By encouraging the students not only to plant the trees but to look after them, we’re giving the next generation the tools to help protect our city’s natural vegetation,” the Lord Mayor said. Volunteers are asked to wear protective clothing, covered shoes, a long-sleeve shirt, sun protection and gloves. There is no need to bring gardening tools. For more information visit Planet Ark’s website or contact Council’s Customer Service on 02 4227 7111.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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