Koala feed tree planting at Salamander Bay recycle centre

PLANTING: The recycling centre's Gerrard McClafferty with Sarah Cochrane and Simon Mitchell planting koala feed trees. Picture: Supplied
PLANTING: The recycling centre's Gerrard McClafferty with Sarah Cochrane and Simon Mitchell planting koala feed trees. Picture: Supplied

The importance of providing feed trees for koalas in their natural habitat has become a popular activity for many Port Stephens community groups and the latest to heed the call is the Salamander Bay Recycling.

The recycling centre, in cooperation with hunter Land Management, last Friday planted 20 eucalyptus robusta koala habitat feed trees, which were generously donated by the Murrook Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

Assisting centre staff planting the trees were Sarah Cochrane and Simon Mitchell from Hunter Land Management

Salamander Bay Recycling general manager Gerard McClafferty said that the centre has been very conscious of the need for maintaining the Port's precious environment.

"The replanting project adjacent to the centre in Salamander Bay will offset the recent removal of an ageing swamp mahogany from the site and will help ensure that the local koala population is sustained well into the future," Mr McClafferty said.

"I want to particularly thank the Worimi for their generosity and Hunter Land for their support."

The diseased tree was taken down to make way for the construction of a new drive-through facility at the centre, which is currently under development and when completed will provide a much greater level of protection from inclement weather for those who visit the drop off area.

Salamander Bay Recycling is currently closed to the public because of the pandemic; however, plans to reopen on Monday, October 25.

A COVID-safe kerbside scrap metal pickup service is operating, to make a booking call (02) 4984 6244.

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