Upper Kiewa Landcare Rock Pool restoration continues
UPPER Kiewa Landcare Group attracted 20 volunteers at Rock Pool car park on Sunday to continue restoration work which started many months ago.
The group took on refurbishment of the area more than five years ago and has been constant in their efforts to remove weeds and create an attractive recreation area for locals and visitors.
Project manager Barb Mason said the group was using a riparian grant from Landcare Australia to eradicate the purple verbena which had grown up in place of blackberries removed some time ago.
“We have had help with this from the ‘ Landmate’ crew from Beechworth Correctional Centre,” she said.
“They came for a couple of visits and did a great job clearing all the way from the car park up to Rock Pool.
“Today is a community planting day to beautify the car park area to encourage people to stop and use the walking track.
“We have chosen flowering plants to attract birds and insects – gold banksias, Geraldton wax and Jezebel correas.”
The grant stipulates the planting of 1000 trees.
AusNet Services have ruled that nothing over 1.5 metres be planted under power lines, so the group has chosen several varieties of grevillea to plant in that area.
In addition to the planting, some members of the group spent the morning fixing nesting boxes to suitable trees.
“The boxes were made for us by the Mount Beauty & District Men’s Shed,” Ms Mason said.
“They are to house squirrel gliders, pardalotes and parrots.”
The group plans a follow- up planting day next March, when sedges will be planted along the river to secure the river banks.
JUNIOR CREW: Youngsters rallied around to help the Upper Kiewa Landcare group at its working bee last Sunday, including Eve Thurkettle, Neve Bonhote, Stella Thurkettle and Amelie Bonhote.