Bruce Notley-Smith secures $100,000 for Fred Hollows Reserve

Bruce Notley-Smith secures $100,000 for Fred Hollows Reserve

Bruce Notley-Smith secures $100,000 for Fred Hollows Reserve

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by Cr Bruce Notley Smith

My first act as a community activist was as a fifteen year old getting involved in the fight to save Glebe Gully, (now Fred Hollows Reserve) back in 1979. Under the inspiring leadership of Prof Hollows, the community rallied together and managed to save a large swathe of the Gully’s remnant bush land from developers. Recently I invited the Shadow Minister for Environment, Catherine Cusack, to walk through and view the unique parcel of bush and creek nestled between some of the largest unit blocks in Sydney’s East.

I have secured a commitment for $100,000 in funding for the ongoing regeneration of the Fred Hollows Reserve, and if dollar for dollar funding is matched by Randwick City Council, $200,000 will ensure this area gets the attention it so desperately deserves. The Reserve will also stand to benefit from a $40 million bush regeneration package that will be established if an O’Farrell Government is elected.

The Fred Hollows Reserve is one of the last pockets of bushland in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs to still contain original specimens of plant and animal life that were once common on the heavily wooded hills of Coogee prior to the 1830’s. It’s an important part of maintaining biodiversity in our area and is the site one of the last Sydney Peppermint trees in Randwick LGA.

Over the past decade Randwick Council and local volunteer groups have worked hard to restore this degraded bush land, eradicating weed infestations, removing landfill, planting native trees and combating erosion in the open gully.

“This announcement compliments our $103 million dollar environmental package that will expand and connect our reserve system, and better fund the fight against pests and weeds,” Ms Cusack said.

“The NSW Liberals are committed to positive, practical plans to improve the quality of our local environment.”

“I want to assist our fantastic volunteers who are helping improve Fred Hollow’s Reserve, explore a variety of options to increase visitation and allow the Reserve to be a focus for educating our community about our natural environment.

This is a very special part of Randwick. A healthier Fred Hollows Reserve will be enjoyed by more people, and become a focal point for community education on the environment.

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Ian Johns posts

Fantastic news Bruce! What were Doran and Pearce doing for the local environment in 1979?!

Chris M posts

Where is the support by Bruce and the Liberals for saving Tamarama Gully from destruction by developers?

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