Woonona residents react to vandalism by rolling up their sleeves and replanting trees

Jacarandah Woonona car park

The Jacarandas planted in Haddon Lane car park Woonona

RESIDENTS have reacted to the destruction of 10 large trees in their neighbourhood by rolling-up their sleeves in a show of community spirit and replanting the recently planted Jacarandas.

The trees were uprooted by vandals in Haddon Lane car park at Woonona.

A Wollongong City Council spokesperson said the 10 trees are valued at $3,000 and were planted by its Parks & Open Space team as part of an Urban Greening Strategy.

“While they’re valued at $300 each, their real worth isn’t measured in dollars,” a spokesperson said.

“Instead, as they grow, these trees will help cool, colour and shade this large asphalt surface.

“It was with a heavy heart the team responded to see what trees could be salvaged. What they found was a celebration of community spirit.

“A number of locals had already been out in force, grabbing their shovels and re-planting the trees! Thank you to these awesome people. We, and the trees, thank you.”



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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and 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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been 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 Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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