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02 May 2022
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Green Grid could see Peninsula tree planting projects
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Biodiversity and archaeological studies at Woy Woy tip
New bush firefighters at Pearl Beach
Floating Landcare removes weeds from remote beach
Local traditional custodians challenge council 'accord'
Shade tree group plants 700th tree
Reid launches campaign at Umina with 300 supporters
Scholarships open for young people with disabilities
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Kerbside bulk waste collection resumes
Nine seniors receive local achievement awards
Applications wanted for National Parks advisory group
Ferry engine replaced after 35,000 hours
Work in progress
Mary Mac's Place holds autumn fair
Fire brigades remove tree from road
Rotary to hear about online project management tool
Welcome return to public Anzac Day services
History cruise departs from Patonga
Crafts centre starts crochet class
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Ettalong lacks open space, study finds
Five-level residence proposed at The Sanctuary
Six-unit development would remove 'high value' trees
Planning panel unanimously rejects Paton St proposal
Exceptional multi-unit proposal complies with setbacks
GUST highlights benefits of trees in tight spaces
Work starts on $3.85M leisure centre upgrade
Megacity thought bubble lacks substance
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Cases level off at 1000
Flown to Westmead after injury at college
Couple tell of journey with Alzheimer's
Missing a much-loved face
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Classic cinema club starts in Pearl Beach
College wins $500 youth week award
Cross country run held at the school
Big day for school photographers
Childcare AGM
Mother's Day stall
Parents invited to targeted programs evening
Roosters play Erina Eagles in 'tale of two halves'
Woy Woy suffers 51-5 rugby union defeat
Cycle group to hold 45km 'relaxed' ride
Appeal for $7000 drinking fountain
Southern Spirit Cricket awards presentations
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Bailey Meti 'pipped at the post'
Boardriders' mums treated to champagne breakfast
Bridge club plays Easter Pairs and Anzac Pairs
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Ettalong Major Pairs games
Little athletics holds annual meeting and presentations
Age group swimming champions
A great day at the office
Vacancies in SEU soccer teams
Officials wanted for State bowls championships
Swans play at Killarney Vale
Two-bowl mixed triples event played at Umina
Veteran Pairs played after weeks of rain
Through to volleyball quarter finals



GUST highlights benefits of trees in tight spaces

The Grow Urban Shade Trees group is calling for greater education about the benefits of trees "especially in tight spaces" and for the council to "take a pro-active role".

The call follows their attendance at a meeting between representatives of the University of Technology Sydney and local government on the topic of "research into urban greening for a changing climate".

"A recent public survey indicated that generally people are aware of the benefits of trees but are frightened about impacts on infrastructure and property," said group member Ms Jen Wilder.

"More community education is needed.

"It is more important than ever to educate the community about the benefits of trees, even and especially in tight spaces."

Ms Wilder said: "It was heartening to, yet again, be reminded that the provision of shade trees in urban environments is a highly-valuable science-backed practice worthy of significant investment by government.

"One thing is for certain - the right tree, strategically planted, has enormous long term benefits for a community.

"For the biggest bang for buck, plant a large tree, preferably on the northern or western side of a hot sealed surface.

"A medium to tall tree is eight times more beneficial than a small tree.

"The benefits include that larger canopy trees preserve roads by protecting them from sun exposure.

"It pays to invest in larger, high quality stock, ensuring it is planted into enough deep soil for the roots to spread over time, stabilising the tree for years to come.

"Formative pruning is also very helpful to create the most effective shape for shading, and a gentle tease and prune of the root ball when planting will encourage strong outward root growth.

"The first three to five years are vitally important for a new tree.

"Regular watering is paramount."

Ms Wilder said: "Recent studies show that leaf litter, including as mulch, is a great thing for biodiversity.

"In a nut shell, it encourages invertebrates which increase the health of all higher order organisms.

"Frustratingly, our state government has recently scrapped a planning policy which could have introduced rules for the provision of trees in our decreasing gardens.

"It is therefore more important than ever to get trees into streets and public spaces and to remind council they need to be proactive.

"Get writing to Planning Minister Mr Anthony Roberts about responsible planning for health and liveability.

"We are literally cooking ourselves here on the Peninsula and we all have the heat maps to prove it."

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