City celebrates Wattle Day
Friday, 2nd September, 2011
By Kurtis Eichler
The city celebrated its 100th Wattle Day in the Town Square yesterday morning.
Riddiford Arboretum volunteers sold native plants, badges and sprigs of the national floral emblem to raise money for Red Cross and raise the profile of native flora and fauna.
A symbol of Australia and its people, the wattle is seen as a sign of diversity and resilience due to its more than 1000 species.
Arboretum volunteer Wayne Lovis said it was the sixth year the group had held a stall in the city’s centre, after previously holding open days at their site in Galena Street.
“It mainly raises funds for Red Cross and awareness of the local environment,” he said.
In 1988, the Golden Wattle was gazetted as the nation’s official floral emblem.
Wattle Day also marks the first day of Spring with the temperature in broken Hill reaching around 21 degrees for the first day of the season.