Friday, June 11th, 2010
STUDENTS from Hillcrest Primary School turned over a new leaf at Bayswater’s Riverside Gardens in early June, as part of a community planting day.

More than 800 native trees and shrubs were planted by Year 7 students near the banks of the Swan River, helping to maintain the natural vegetation on the area.

Among the 13 different species planted were prickly moses, running postman, couch honeypot, snake vine, granite featherflower and centella, among others.

Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon said getting students involved helped to deliver an understanding that communities are vital in changing attitudes towards environmental issues.

“Tree-planting events are all part of the ‘think global, act local’ philosophy, which helps to deliver better sustainability, ensuring we enjoy a safer and more prosperous future,” he said.

“It’s also an important way we can all contribute to the environment and help fight climate change at a community level.

“By getting students involved, they learn the importance of how plants are part of the life cycle, especially when so close to river, and why conservation is essential.

“Trees, shrubs and other plants are integral to all ecosystems and when people walk through the Riverside Gardens, they can appreciate the importance of having such a diverse range of plants.”

planting1: Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon, right, with Hillcrest Primary School students at the planting day.

planting2: Hillcrest Primary School Year 7 students Jordan Smith and Joe Manirakiza helping out at Riverside Gardens during the planting day.

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City of Bayswater

The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella. It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.

Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected.
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