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Council sends firm message on theft ahead of Spark your Park volunteer event


Georges River Council’s Mayor Kevin Greene has addressed the theft of 24 plants at Empress Reserve in Hurstville which occurred following Council’s Spark Your Park volunteering event on 26 August 2020.

The Mayor has warned against theft at the next volunteering event in Oatley, with CCTV cameras installed at the site. Council has also reported the incident to the St George Police Area Command and advised Police of the next event.

“I was very disappointed to receive the news that the majority of newly planted shrubs at Empress Reserve in Hurstville had been stolen after our residents had generously volunteered their time to help us beautify this park for the benefit of the whole community,” said Mayor Greene.

“Council will not tolerate theft and has installed CCTV cameras at the site of the next volunteering event. Any illegal activity will be promptly reported to the St George Police Area Command.

“We know that the vast majority of people understand that the plants in our public parks and reserves are for everyone to enjoy, and we are extremely grateful for our residents who took part in this volunteering event, to help give Hurstville some much-needed additional greenery.

“I would like to extend a huge thank you to the volunteers who helped Council plant at Empress Reserve a few weeks ago, and I encourage others in the community to join us at the next Spark Your Park event in Oatley as we continue to beautify local parks and reserves,” added Mayor Greene.

Spark Your Park – Charles Street Reserve, Oatley

Where: Charles Street Reserve, Charles Street (between Letitia Street and Annette Street), Oatley
Date: Wednesday 30 September 2020
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm

If you love the outdoors and are passionate about helping to improve your local park with digging, planting and mulching, get involved in Council’s new Spark your Park initiative by completing the volunteer application form:

Please remember to keep safe when attending this program by wearing closed shoes, a hat, long pants and sleeves and sunscreen.

For information on Georges River Council, please visit or call 9330 6400.

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