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SSC Newspaper : November 2010
4 Strathfield Scene november 2010 NEWS Turn your balcony into a home for native plants By Bernadette Chua Strath eld residents got to exercise their green thumbs at a recent Growers for Greenspace seminar. As part of a project organised by the Parrama a River Catchment Group, Strath eld Council held the seminar to educate local residents about the importance of the natural environment in the inner west. e three-day seminar showed community gardeners how to grow native plants in backyards, courtyards and on balconies as part of the revegetation of the Parrama a River Catchment area. Seminars included grower's kits, seeds, materials and technical advice. e project, supported by a $78,600 grant from the New South Wales Government, aims to encourage residents to become plant propagators. Organisers hope that the information participants learn at the seminars will be passed onto family and friends and the propagated plants be used for a number of conser vation e orts in the catchment area. Strath eld is one of 15 councils taking part in the initiative. Other participating councils include Ash eld, Bankstown, the City of Canada Bay and Hunters Hill. e Growers for Greenspace seminars have been running for the past two years and will continue in February and March 2011. For more information, contact the Parrama a River Catchment group on 9895 6253. Ross Rapmumd tells Strath eld residents how they can eat om their own gardens. Lessons in road safety By Bernadette Chua Strath eld Council has received a $5000 grant from the NRMA to help educate parents about safe driving in school zones. Olympic gold medallist and NRMA board member Dawn Fraser presented Strath eld Council with a cheque last week. " is is a positive initiative and it will make parents more aware about road safety," she said. "I'm shocked by the number of parents who commit dangerous acts on the road, such as talking on their mobile phones while driving their kids to school." e new campaign aims to educate parents about double parking, kiss and ride zones, no stopping/no parking zones, safe pedestrian crossings and talking on the mobile phone while driving. e council plans to use the grant to create advertisements, posters and other products that will drive home the message of road safety to parents. Robert Bourke, the council's director of operations, says it's important to inform motorists about the dangers they are creating, especially for pedestrians, by outing the road rules. Bourke says the combination of 16 schools in a 14 square km area and the increased concentration of tra c in the municipality was creating even more dangers for students as they travel between home and school. "We have 10,000 students passing through Strath eld [train] station every day," he says. "But a lot of pedestrians are not conscious of their surroundings. ere is a big problem with people wearing headphones and not being aware of the tra c." e new road safety campaign will be launched in February 2011.
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