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Nursing home refusal to be reviewed
Woy Woy police station may get officer-in-charge
Sporties' plan attracts 30 submissions so far
Council abandons Australia Day celebrations
Wicks claims achievements
'Dire need' to monitor oyster leases, says Tesch
Ferry service disruptions continue
Charity ball exceeds fund-raising target
MP to hold youth forum
Blaze burns in national park
New interview room at Mary Mac's Place
Mary Mac's collects for Christmas hampers
Guide issued for objectors to Sporties' proposal
Club plans to raise funds through to Christmas
Night work on Rip Bridge
Council agrees to meeting about Umina oval
Group starts to promote shade trees
First fair for the Bays
Call to control cotoneaster
Local charity appoints new chief
Bays' committee members step down
Information walk about bushfire hazard reduction
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What is the future of the Peninsula?
Loss of iconic club would be huge
Unanswered questions show need for transparency
Creeks are the best form of drainage we have
Lions Park entrance is a major asset
Good public performance venues needed
Clubhouse is not abandoned
They will not supply a dredge - stop asking
We need sharply-focussed and sophisticated plans
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Aged care provider was awards finalist
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Jazz played in arboretum
Choir performs for Mary Mac's
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History book about The Bays
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School raises issue of 'inappropriate cyber interactions'
Students help collect soil for memorial
Orchard Hills girls help clean up the Peninsula
School celebrates 90th birthday
New furniture and equipment
Learning about dogs
Students write for Christmas exchange
Celebration
School musical praised
Students sing at shopping centre
Ball games carnival
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New equipment brings pool to Olympic standard
Umina boxer set for the Commonwealth Games
Killcare surf club rookies go to camp
Charity bowls at Sporties
Fitness program awaits funding approval

Group starts to promote shade trees

A new community group calling itself GUST (Grow Urban Shade Trees) has been started in Umina to encourage residents to bring shade and beauty to their neighbourhoods.

"I'm absolutely driven to do something about the lack of canopy on the Peninsula," said Gust founding member, Ms Jennifer Wilder.

"It is unacceptable that in summer I cannot even walk my dog in daylight hours because of the baking sun," Ms Wilder said.

"We formed GUST to try to combat the bizarre aversion that many residents have to large trees," she said.

"I would like to take every possible opportunity to try to educate and inspire residents about the overwhelming benefits of shade trees.

"There is a lot of unnecessary fear and I'd love to turn this around.

"Council have wonderful safe species that they recommend, now the challenge is just to get residents interested enough.

"Trees are an essential part of any vibrant, liveable suburb.

"They reduce air and water pollution, keep us cool in summer, increase property values, decrease our heating and cooling bills and deliver mental and physical health benefits.

"Trees in our streets are an easy way to improve the look and feel of our suburbs.

"Global engineering and urban design company Aecom has analysed tree canopy coverage and five years of house price data across Sydney.

"They found that houses on streets with more trees were worth an average of $50,000 more than those on less leafy streets.

"Local governments are all getting on board with greening programs with good policies around shade production and this follows advice from scientists and climate experts about the urgent need for more trees.

"Residents can help by planting a tree in their front garden or nature strip, or by undertaking planting with their neighbours or friends.

"Your local nursery can help you select the best tree.

"Popular choices are brush box, tuckeroo, blueberry ash, grevillea, angophora hispida ... but there are so many more to choose from.

"All trees require regular watering when young, especially in summer but soon become very low maintenance.

"A common misconception is that trees cannot go under wires but there are lots of great medium sized trees that work under wires.

"I advise all residents to take a moment, when driving or walking on a hot day, to notice the extreme difference that a shade tree makes to temperature.

"The shade is the first thing we look for on a warm day.

"It just makes complete sense to line our streets with more trees," Ms Wilder said.

Ms Wilder said her first project has been to engage in street planting in Dorothy Ave, Woy Woy.

"Summer is coming and soon people will be roasting again, looking for that rare shady parking spot, complaining about their air conditioning prices," she said.

"We are currently looking very closely at what councils are allowing and not allowing because it seems that people are able to put granny flats in at the expense of large, established trees.

"There also seems to be a myth or a lot of fear about large trees being unsafe and that is why we, as a group, are very interested in educating people about choosing the right tree for the right place.

"As far as we are concerned the benefits of trees far outweigh the risks."

The former Gosford Council had a program of providing free trees to residents and community groups but this has been put on hold as a result of the amalgamation.

"The free trees to residents is currently on hold, it is in transition and hopefully will come back.

"We have been looking at ways to propagate our own and look for our own because we are not sure how long it will take Council to put free trees back on the agenda."

Ms Wilder said GUST had been writing to staff and Councillors in an effort to get support for the free trees program.

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