Shady fig tree to grace Woy Woy waterfront

Members of Peninsula Environment Group and Grow Urban Shade Trees with Gosford MP Liesl Tesch (left), Federal Member for Robertson Dr Gordon Reid and Central Coast Council CEO David Farmer (second and third from right)

A mature Port Jackson fig tree will be planted on the Woy Woy waterfront with grant funding received by the Peninsula Environment Group (PEG).

The grant is part of the $15.1M Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee program to assist community-based tree planting events and organisations to celebrate the recent Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Federal Member for Robertson, Dr Gordon Reid, met with members of PEG to announce their successful grant.

“I congratulate PEG and all its members, especially Lesley Harvey, who have been able to successfully obtain funding to plant a magnificent mature fig tree on Woy Woy waterfront,” he said.

“This tree will provide shade and habitat to local wildlife and be a reminder of the many years of service Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth ll has dedicated to serving the people of the Commonwealth.”

Gosford MP, Liesl Tesch, thanked those who pursued the grant and those who continued to promote the ongoing health of the local environment.

“To have this fig tree planted along our beautiful waterfront only adds to the natural beauty of our local environment and the important habitation of our magnificent wildlife,” she said.

PEG spokesperson, Lesley Harvey, said this funding was really important to the Peninsula community to add a significant shade tree in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee.

“PEG would like to use this funding for a commemorative plaque and to acquire a mature Port Jackson fig tree which will provide shade and longevity to the people of the Peninsula for many generations to come,” she said.

 “I would like to thank Member for Robertson, Dr Gordon Reid, for his support and Central Coast Council, as well as the Federal Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources for arranging the grant.”

Primary source: Media release, July 29, 2022, Federal Member for Robertson, Dr Gordon Reid

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