Corrimal and Fairy Meadow earmarked under city wide tree planting program

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery and Greater Bank manager Greg Creagan with scouts at the tree plating program launch earlier this week

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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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.


One thought on “Corrimal and Fairy Meadow earmarked under city wide tree planting program

  1. When are we going to see a proper survey done to reduce the danger from trees ?.We have just been through the most horrendous disaster on the south coast caused by the spread of trees,Just look at the escarpment,look at the spread of trees at albion park.Trees are fuel ,understorey is fuel.The south coast disaster was caused by not managing the spread and regeneration of trees and understorey after previous fires.Why do we continue stacking fuel around ourselves and watch as the current management talks of spending millions on fire fighting equipment which they know cannot cope no matter how much we spend,Then allowing this menace of fuel to proceed while watching volunteers dying and risking their lives fighting an unwinnable war.When you watch those 100m high firestorms .which send ember storms 40km to lodge in exactly what is being planted is it too late?.When you see incinerated cars because trees are allowed to grow beside roads and are encouraged .Who would risk their life trying to escape up bulli pass?,Who would volunteer to fight an escarpment fire that is heading from the south or north at all those homes now being encased in spreading trees?Will there be enough room on the beaches for all the people?remember the south coast evacuation?Are any alarm bells ringing?what are the two major causes of bushfires?lihtning strikes and burning off legally.Questions 1 can you do anything about lightning strikes?2 what is the riskiest way we manage the spread of understorey and trees?BY BURNING OFF.So as we move into the hottest period in our history with predictions of more intense storms,winds,droughts we stack fuel all the way up and down the coast around houses, up to roads,, around power lines,refusing to give way to common sense by planning long term for that set of uncontrollable conditions to devestate our communities again.IN 1968 those conditions took out the escarpment ,since then we now have 10 times the fuel that can be fought on the escarpment,How would you stop an ember storm from the north or south igniting all the heavily planted clusters of trees and understorey??How did the aboriginies fight bushfires?THEY DIDNT HAVE TO!When you read the plaque at woonona beach and the first arrivals describe the surrounding country it is well spaced trees with grassy areas between them,not by accident but by design.Each tribal group would light 5000 small management fires a year.Saplings and understorey were non existent.Compare this to what we do and the results we have.The time has come to bite the bullet or it bites us.We must survey the whole coast.We have the ability to identify the fuel loads and get the the tree fellers in to deplete 50%of the trees and the understorey .No burning off till the trees are back under control.No trees within 60m of roads no trees within 60m of power lines or mobile stations .All cluster plantings with understorey as per puckeys,blackbutt ,around the ses at masters rd and springhill road to be reduced to spread out trees 30m apart with mown grass areas underneath,LETS GET SERIOUS WE CANNOT AFFORD 1.25 BILLION ANIMAL DEATHS AGAIN, PLUS THE HOMES AND LIVES.In the greater sydney area 200000 homes are within 100m of bush and 5 times that are at risk of embers.TIME TO RETHINK.


    Posted by KEN MC DOUGALL 4 ALROY ST BULLI 0428185106 | November 14, 2020, 8:47 am

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