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24 Jan 2022
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Aged care home rapid test orders 'commandeered'
Council works budget of $18M for next financial year
Residents call for more time for rates submissions
Australia Day celebrations cancelled at Pearl Beach
Beach safety brochure produced for Pearl Beach
Two books to be discussed by book club
Lions club resumes monthly car boot sale
GUST founder wins Council environment award
Planting trees for leafy, shady streets
Business award to local Rotary member
Seniors' diaries offered for free
Rainfall is less than half January average
Ettalong foreshore rezoning allowed to proceed
Dual occupancy application has detailed arborist report
Panel stands by its refusal of Ettalong development
Council to consider registering kiosk lease
Council to employ more regulatory planners
Dangerous intersection becomes statistically safe
Responsibility remains for Rawson Rd level crossing
Treeless suburbs are literally killing us
More scrutiny needed in absence of character controls
First Aid training at the Bays hall
Trading hours cut due to staff shortage
Virus hospital admissions peak at 96
Leave a message for short-staffed PCYC
New chief at Umina aged care home
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Arts and crafts classes to start next week
Patchwork group holds social stitching day
Five students achieve band six scores
Umina Beach plays Minor Pairs final
'Faster' bike ride from Woy Woy
Outrigger club takes part in Newcastle regatta
Southern Spirit cricket results
Cricket results prior to last weekend
Under-70 bridge results
Twilight pairs at Ettalong



Planting trees for leafy, shady streets

Having moved to Umina Beach from the leafy Hornsby Shire eight years ago, it has been my aim to plant trees to try and duplicate the shady streets of the northern suburbs.

My long-time partner Gary Machin and I began planting verge trees at a time when the Gosford Council gave these away for free on request.

With that policy no longer in place, a few like-minded women got together to form the group called, Grow Urban Shade Trees, fondly known as GUST.

By engaging with residents who also want shade in their street, the GUST team and I have helped coordinate the planting of over 650 verge trees.

Another project of mine, with approval from council, was the formation of the South St Dunecare group which can boast a flourishing of native vegetation which now covers a large area of what was once a bare dune.

I teamed up with Melissa Chandler to kick start the vision of the barren Trafalgar Ave Park becoming a play space for families.

With my teacher's hat on, I organised and helped supervise Woy Woy South school groups to participate in the planting of native trees and shrubs in the park.

Gary and I continued to water, weed and maintain, what is now called the Runway Park.

With my application for a Federal Environment Grant approved, I was able to transform Guyangil Park in Australia Ave from a neglected reserve into a native habitat play park for young children to enjoy.

Each year, I endeavour to organise an event to mark National Tree Day.

The GUST team supported by willing families have had many successful tree planting days.

One of these was the installation of new trees and native plants at the Sydney 2000 Park.

It gives me great joy to have the energy and capacity to be able to make a lasting contribution to our local Peninsula environment.

All of these projects could not have been achieved without my right hand man, Gary, our GUST team of Jen Wilder, Michael Wilder, Mel Chandler, Jan Deighton and Lesley Harvey and a loyal band of volunteers who answer my call for help and have continued to plant, weed and water over many years. Thank you.

It warms my heart to know that we have so much support from the community.

This award is further appreciation of the lead that we are taking in re-greening the Peninsula, providing shade, bird habitat and more liveable, cooler suburbs.

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