Trees In Newcastle community group on lookout for new home

HOMELESS: Trees In Newcastle members Leah Kelly De Bastos, Billy Graham, 12, and Jo Miller.

HOMELESS: Trees In Newcastle members Leah Kelly De Bastos, Billy Graham, 12, and Jo Miller.

TREES In Newcastle is on the hunt for a new place to live after Newcastle council decided to put the block of land it resides on up for sale.

The not-for-profit community group is yet to be formally told by the council that it needs to leave, hearing about the decision via the media.

Last month Newcastle councillors endorsed a council staff recommendation to sell blocks of land in Newcastle West on Parry and Selma streets during a confidential session.

The two blocks are used by Trees In Newcastle, the Newcastle Community Arts Centre and the Newcastle Art Space Gallery.

Trees in Newcastle has called Newcastle West home for more than 14 years, originally formed in response to the community's concern that there wasn't enough greenery in Newcastle.

Trees In Newcastle grows and supplies trees to locals through a community nursery.

They also run a volunteer and education centre, provide bush regeneration projects services and run community workshops.

Trees In Newcastle spokesperson Jo Miller said it was not surprising that the council decided to put the two sites out to tender.

"It's been on the cards for a long time," she said.

"Hopefully the council can help us out to find a new location close to the CBD."

Ms Miller said the organisation had moved before and hoped its demountable administration buildings would survive the move. She said they would continue as usual.

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