Koreans’ childcare visit
Glenmore Park Child and Family Centre was in the international spotlight last month when a delegation of childcare-centre directors from Korea toured the council-owned and run facility.
Mayor Greg Davies said the directors played with children, compared systems and discussed the differences and similarities between Korean and NSW policy and practice. “The visitors took many photos at the centre and were very keen to see how it operated,” Cr Davies said. “This wasn’t just a one-off visit. It was significant for Penrith.”
The delegation was co-ordinated by the council and was in Penrith as part of a tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Grey Box Gum project
The Eucalyptus moluccana is under threat and residents are being sought for their memories of this tree, also known as the Grey Box Gum. Anne Bradbury-Bowler, of the School of Social Science and Psychology at UWS, is completing an honours project on the displacement of these special trees in Western Sydney parks and gardens that are under attack by psyllids — tiny sap-sucking insects that mostly attack native plants. “As these trees could become extinct there’s a quest for people to recall their emotional connections to and engagements with these trees in the space of the garden, backyard or a park through childhood garden adventures,” Ms Bradbury-Bowler said.
She had originally investigated the Grey Box Gums on the UWS Kingswood campus, mapping 50 trees using a global navigation satellite system.
“Making the maps has made me aware of the importance of keeping data for future generations to enable them to clearly see what was or was not there before them,” she said.
Participants must have a tree dying in their backyard or live on the borderlines or outskirts of parklands with trees suffering from dieback to qualify. This study has received ethical approval (No. H9655) from the UWS Human Ethics Research Committee.
Details: Anne Bradbury-Bowler, [email protected] .edu.au or 4736 0341.
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