The Basin Tea Tree Project - Community Mural

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Consultation has concluded

Our community was shocked and devastated when the coastal tea trees at Belmore Basin were vandalised on 15 October 2020.

Played on by generations of children and providing shade and beauty at our harbour, these trees will be monitored for 18 months for any chance of new growth and survival. Read the FAQs for more information on our response to the vandalism.

There was an outpouring of love for these trees and what they meant to people after the vandalism happened.

We invite you to share your memories of the trees to create a community mural that will be installed at the site.

You can:

  • Use the story tool to share photos, drawings, paintings, writing and we can all see them here
  • Or you can upload using the form and we will receive your contribution privately.

To help you:

  • There's a drawing template with instructions that anyone of any age can use
  • The example photo of Annie playing may bring back memories of moments spent in the beauty of these trees.

We will review all contributions and select some to be displayed on the mural.

By posting your story you give us permission to use it on the mural.

Before you participate please read Council's Privacy Policy.

Our community was shocked and devastated when the coastal tea trees at Belmore Basin were vandalised on 15 October 2020.

Played on by generations of children and providing shade and beauty at our harbour, these trees will be monitored for 18 months for any chance of new growth and survival. Read the FAQs for more information on our response to the vandalism.

There was an outpouring of love for these trees and what they meant to people after the vandalism happened.

We invite you to share your memories of the trees to create a community mural that will be installed at the site.

You can:

  • Use the story tool to share photos, drawings, paintings, writing and we can all see them here
  • Or you can upload using the form and we will receive your contribution privately.

To help you:

  • There's a drawing template with instructions that anyone of any age can use
  • The example photo of Annie playing may bring back memories of moments spent in the beauty of these trees.

We will review all contributions and select some to be displayed on the mural.

By posting your story you give us permission to use it on the mural.

Before you participate please read Council's Privacy Policy.

Your Story

Share your photos, drawings, painting and words about these beautiful and much loved trees. By sharing your story here you give us permission to use your content on the community mural. 

Thank you for sharing your story with us. We will select some to be part of the community mural installed near the trees at Belmore Basin. 

CLOSED: Contributions to the mural project have now closed

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    Reflecting

    by Alison Mellor, 3 months ago

    My daughter and I were really saddened by the thoughtless vandalism to the Belmore Basin Tea Trees. We took some time and sit and reflect on how special these trees are, and how wonderful it has been to see the outpouring of love from the community for these special trees. We are glad they are being given a chance to recover, and that a sign has been placed alongside them showcasing the beauty and importance of trees.

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    Iconic Trees

    by Edith Draper, 4 months ago

    Twenty years ago, in 2000, I drew these trees in pen and wash. I have since painted them many times including one of their demise. Moonshadows depicted the trees at night. When I exhibit these drawings, they always evoke peoples memories of playing and visiting the area. I have heard many fond and fun stories. These trees were such an icon and will be missed.

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    Tree Climb

    by JanB, 4 months ago

    Even big kids love the trees. Zac is twenty but still likes to hang!!!

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    Nature's Playground

    by Alison Mellor, 4 months ago

    My daughter has always loved climbing trees, and the tea trees at Belmore Basin were amongst her favourite trees to climb in. She would often spend more time in these trees than in the playground when we visited Belmore Basin. Their smooth, wide, branches spread close to the ground were great for her to hang off, sit in, and enjoy the experience of being close to nature in an urbanised environment.

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    Memories with my Dad

    by tree_child, 4 months ago
    I remember when I was young, maybe 7 or 8, my Dad used to come down from Sydney, and we'd go to the harbour for a while. It wasn't always, but we'd always go when he came down to see me. My younger brother and I would climb the trees for hours. I remember the smooth branches, slender and worn from years of use and love. I remember there was a specific branch much like a seat. I remember it was high enough I could swing my legs underneath, and strong enough to gently bounce a small child like me... Continue reading
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    GREAT MEMORIES

    by Lesley, 4 months ago

    These trees have provided a source of joy to so many children for decades, including our seven grandchildren over the past 17 years.

    Photograph of Orly Passioura in 2017 aged almost 3.