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February 25, 2021

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Corporate volunteers from NBN Co, through a partnership with Landcare Australia, turned their green thumbs to a demonstration garden area at Kelly’s Bush today (Thursday 25 February 2021), helping prepare the site for 50th anniversary celebrations in August.

Kelly’s Bush, previously the site of a tin smelter, was famously saved from incoming development by dedicated conservationists in 1971.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the world’s first ‘green ban’ and the Battle for Kelly’s Bush.

Today the group of 12 volunteers joined staff from Hunter’s Hill Council’s bushland management team to remove weeds such as morning glory, wandering jew, madeira vine and fishbone fern. They also planted about 30 native shrubs.

The demonstration garden area is intended to be a showpiece of native plants of Kelly’s Bush. More natives, ground cover, and potentially trees, will be added in the lead up to the 5oth anniversary.

Since 1995, dedicated Bushcare volunteers – known as the Kelly’s Bush Carers – have carried on the legacy of the Kelly’s Bush Battlers who worked so hard to preserve the site for future generations.

Thanks to the Carers the broader Kelly’s Bush site boasts a huge array of native plant species, with volunteers lovingly restoring and maintaining regenerating areas, whilst also battling weeds.

The group also recently uncovered sandstone walls and steps as part of their work in the area.

Go to our Bushcare Volunteers page for more information about participation opportunities.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jacqui Jones, Communications Officer. Phone: (02) 9879 9400

Email: jonesj@huntershill.nsw.gov.au

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Hunter’s Hill Council

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PO Box 21, Hunters Hill NSW 2110
Tel: (02) 9879 9400