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August 23, 2005


One of Sydney’s most dramatic and iconic coastal vistas is set to be returned to its original state, and the stars of another coastal icon will be there to lend a hand.

This Saturday, September 3, Waverley Council, in conjunction with Spicers Paper and Landcare Australia, are launching a vital, native revegetation project at Marks Park, Tamarama. Timed to coincide with National Landcare Week (September 1-7), the launch will kick-off the latest instalment of the Spicers Paper “Recreate†Program.

A number of cast members from Home & Away will join Waverley Mayor, Cr Peter Moscatt, supervisors from The National Trust – who are carrying out the project – and representatives from Spicers and Landcare, to unveil the environmental repair project. Removed from their traditional home on Sydney’s northern beaches, the young stars represent a growing commitment among Australians to protect our magnificent coastline, and the local community is invited to get down to Marks Park on Saturday to show their support and meet the stars.

“To be successful in protecting and repairing our natural resources, it takes the collaboration of community, government and business,†said Cr Moscatt. “Projects like this one really showcase the power of partnership and bring together people of all ages, and from all walks of life.â€

Marks Park is perched on the famous Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, yet of the thousands who pass by each day, few would realise that it’s actually a former landfill site, and that the attractive, well-groomed shrubbery that form its borders, are actually noxious weeds.

The National Trust, therefore, have begun removing Asparagus Fern, Mirror Bush and Asthma Weed – which have spread extensively throughout the area, consuming natives and upsetting the fragile ecosystem - and will replace these with indigenous species like Wattle and Flax-Lily.

Spicers Paper has contributed $15,000 towards the project, as part of a commitment to rehabilitating former landfill sites. Spicers entered into a three-year partnership with Landcare Australia in October 2003, pledging a percentage of sales from Tudor RP 100% Recycled stock, and have since launched similar projects in Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

Sales Manager Richard Collins has been delighted with the success of the initiative. “Since we’ve been involved with Landcare, sales of Tudor RP have increased significantly, which demonstrates the value that our clients place on community responsibility,†he said. “Even in the printing industry, there’s no reason that companies can’t be both environmentally conscious and commercially successful.â€

Marks Park is located at Marks Lane, Tamarama. The launch will commence at 10am.

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Thanks for the article sydneysider

It's nice to see to places been returned to what they should be, I hope whoever manages to go has a fab time and maybe get to meet or get some pictures for those of us that would have gone but kinda live a little to far away

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