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Maintaining and increasing the urban bushland, parks and tree coverage is a major challenge as our city grows, especially when you throw in the State Government's rapacious chopping down of trees for toll roads.

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I started my career in local politics focussed on local parks. The first thing I did after being elected to South Sydney Council in 1980 was persuade a council worker to drive around and plant trees throughout the city.

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Trees are good for us, no question - they clean our air, help clear our minds and have an incredibly important role in improving our overall health.

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