Mr SOUTHWICK (Caulfield) — On Sunday just gone I had the pleasure, along with my parliamentary colleagues for Prahran and Bentleigh, to attend the Jewish National Fund (JNF) Green Sunday Appeal. This fundraiser was an important opportunity to help replace more than 5 million trees lost due to the bushfires at Mount Carmel in Israel in December last year. Over 40 people died in that tragedy.
For more than 100 years the JNF has been planting trees to improve the ecology and the quality of life in Israel. This important environmental work has involved the planting of over 250 million trees. On Sunday I was heartened to see the incredibly diverse cross-section of our community, young and old, helping out on the phones. I would like to congratulate JNF on the great work it does.