Up­per Kiewa Land­care Rock Pool restora­tion con­tin­ues

Alpine Observer - - News - By ALEX CRAIG

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.

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