Bum Tree tribute strikes the right chord

THERE have been protests, petitions, vigils and a couple of stays of execution, but now the famous Bum Tree on Gerroa Road has been immortalised in song.

NukeM, the Nowra Ukulele Movement, has paid tribute to the Shoalhaven Bum Tree with a song on YouTube that has close to 150 hits.

Martin Fairweather, who runs the group, was joined by Sue Davis, Colin Bell, Paula Blanch and Narrell Brown in producing the song.

Paula Blanch, who wrote the ditty, is a prolific songwriter and took about half an hour to come up with the lyrics which are set to the tune of Johnny Farnham hit Sadie The Cleaning Lady.

“Obviously it is a local issue and very topical and like so many other people who live here, we love the back road. It is a particularly beautiful area and the Bum Tree is a quirky, cute facet of it but also plays an important role for wildlife and the local environment,” Ms Blanch said.

“We thought this could be our contribution to the efforts to try to save the area and come up with an alternative rather than just getting rid of a beautiful asset and do the right thing for the environment at the same time.”

Based in Nowra NukeM operates out of The Manse adjacent to the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and meets three times a week.

The group has been gathering for the past three years and in the last 12 months has performed gigs around the region as well as a number of performances in hospitals and day care centres for charity.

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