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Wollert community pride unites residents

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The Wollert community came together at Northside Park last month for a free tree-planting day to celebrate the completion of the City of Whittlesea’s Love Where You Live Wollert campaign.

Administrator Peita Duncan and City of Whittlesea chief executive Craig Lloyd were joined by State Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny, families and community groups at the council-run event and shared in the planting of more than 1200 trees and shrubs.

Games, face-painting, a barbecue and entertainment contributed to a festive and family-friendly atmosphere.

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The Love Where You Live Wollert campaign ran throughout July to foster a sense of community connection and pride in the suburb of Wollert, by cleaning up litter from the streets and helping Wollert residents connect with council services.

Mr Lloyd said residents had embraced council’s initiatives over the month, which included free recycling and e-waste drop-off events, community information sessions and school education programs about safely disposing of waste and reporting illegal dumping.

“This tree-planting day was council’s chance to say thank you to our residents. They’ve contributed to making Wollert an even better place to live and showed a tremendous community spirit,” he said.

The community waste drop-off events were a huge success, with about 300 residents attending across the five events.

A large amount of waste was collected for safe and sustainable disposal – more than 26 cubic metres of e-waste; 58 cubic metres of cardboard; 20 cubic metres of soft plastics; 40 cubic metres of polystyrene, batteries and printer cartridges.

Council is keen to build on the community spirit that has been sparked by keeping residents informed of its services and empowering them to continue making Wollert a great place to live.

For information about reporting illegal rubbish dumping and correctly disposing of waste, visit www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/waste-environment/bins-and-waste.

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