Corrimal East and Tarrawanna students’ artistic skills were inspired by Towradgi tree vandalism

The students artwork on the Towradgi Park tree guards
The vandalism of a Norfolk Island Pine at Towradgi Park last September

LATE last year the local community was devastated by the tree vandalism of 12 Norfolk Island Pines in Towradgi Park.

The Norfolk Island Pines have since been replanted with protective fencing with signage from students sharing the importance of trees to the community.

Pictures featuring vivid splashes of green, red, blue and yellow dominate two large signs installed by Wollongong City Council in the park.

The two signs feature a total of 26 illustrations created by students from Corrimal East and Tarrawanna Public Schools that were inspired by last year’s tree vandalism incidents at Towradgi Park.

Council invited the students to create drawings and artworks that showed their thoughts on why it was important to have trees in public spaces. The original artworks feature on tree guards alongside Towradgi Park’s bike track.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the community was devastated by the loss of two Norfolk Island pines, which had been cut-down in a shocking act of tree vandalism as well as the suspected poisoning of another ten pines.

“The pines were only 10 years old and were much-loved by our community who valued their shade and natural beauty,” Cr Brandbery said.

“In response to this incident, Council has since replaced the vandalised trees with more Norfolk Island pine trees. We’ve also installed protective fencing around them to keep them safe while they grow.

“It’s true that any tree vandalism has an impact on everyone who uses and enjoys our public spaces. The decision to damage a tree takes away much needed shade, as well as impacting important habitats for local birds and animals.

“No one wins when someone decides to destroy a tree. The artwork created by students from two local primary schools does allow us to offer a positive and constructive channel for the outpouring of love, loss and sadness that this vandalism incident received from our community.”

If you’ve seen anyone vandalising a tree or plant, you can report it to Council online or contact the Police on 131 444.

Visit Council’s Urban Greening webpage for more information about greening the city, and how you can get involved.

What’s your thoughts on this story? Scroll down the page to have your say in the comments section.

Subscribe to the latest Bulli & Clifton Times news stories

Pay Pal Tip Jar


YOU can support the The Bulli & Clifton Times and/or the Looking Back local history websites with a donation through PayPal. Your generous patronage of my work and research, however small it appears to you, will greatly help me with my continuing costs, and help support independent journalism and local news media. You can leave a small tip here of $2, or several small tips, just increase the amount as you like. Your support helps provide an independent and free source of local news and information.



Don’t have PayPal? Instead, you can make a small donation towards the publishing of The Bulli & Clifton Times and/or the Looking Back websites with your credit or debit card. If you would like to support my work, you can leave a $2 donation here by tapping or clicking on the button below. Your generous patronage of my work and research, however small it appears to you, will greatly help me with my continuing costs.

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.


No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,132 other subscribers
%d bloggers like this: