A CITY wide tree planting program has been launched with projects earmarked for Corrimal and Fairy Meadow in the coming months.
Over the coming months, the Wollongong City Council program will see plantings undertaken at Guest Park in Fairy Meadow and Corrimal’s Mountbatten Park. A mix of canopy and under-storey species have been selected that are native to the region.
Wollongong City Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery and Greater Bank Regional Manager, Greg Creagan, along with volunteer scouts, planted the first of the 1,500 trees at Hooka Point, Berkeley earlier this week.
Launching the planting project, Cr Bradbery welcomed the collaboration between the Council and the Greater Bank.
“Wollongong City Council is focussed on making our city greener across its parks, open spaces and streets through our Urban Greening Strategy,’’ Cr Bradbery said.
“We work closely with many enthusiastic people in our community to get trees, shrubs and plants into the ground so that we can all enjoy the environmental benefits that they offer.
“I welcome the Greater Bank’s commitment to support a better, greener, environment for all with the addition of a further 5,000 native trees and shrubs at sites across the city.
Greater Bank Regional Manager, Greg Creagan said the tree planting projects are symbolic of the role Greater Bank has played in growing together with its communities over the past 75 years.
“As we reach our 75th year of operation, we’re proudly celebrating the role we have played in helping the communities we call home grow greater,” Mr Creagan said.
“Since opening our first branch here in the Illawarra in 1973, this region has become incredibly important to our operations and today it is our second biggest market outside of our traditional base of Newcastle and the Hunter” Mr Creagan said.
“It’s important for us, that in celebrating the milestone, we contribute to a cause that is important to our customers. The need to protect and nurture the environment was a consistent message delivered by customers across our areas of operation, which is why we’ve committed to planting 75,000 trees throughout regional NSW.
“The trees will not only provide these communities with an ongoing legacy to mark this milestone, but as they grow, they will provide an enduring symbol of our commitment to social responsibility and sustained support of local communities,” Mr Morgan said.
“We have been working closely with Wollongong City Council select these sites and provided valuable direction as to the types and species of plants to ensure they complement and support the local habitats,” Mr Morgan said.
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