Green­fin­gers Max out to pasture

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jaime Shurmer

Max Ris­bey is step­ping down af­ter 21 years with the Can­ning River Res­i­dents En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion.

MAX Ris­bey has hand-raised thou­sands of seedlings in his Ross­moyne back yard, which now line the Can­ning River fore­shore.

Af­ter 21 years of plant­ing, prop­a­gat­ing and weed­ing, he re­tired this year as group leader of Can­ning River Res­i­dents En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (CRREPA).

Mr Ris­bey said age was a fac­tor in his res­ig­na­tion, which made it harder to do the phys­i­cal labour.

He had even mod­i­fied tools to make the plant­ing process eas­ier as group mem­bers moved through their se­nior years.

The former elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer joined the group un­ex­pect­edly in the 1990s.

“I re­tired at the end of 1994 and my youngest son was do­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence at uni,” he said.

“I thought it would be a good idea for him to join CRREPA but what hap­pened was I did and he didn’t do any­thing about it.”

Mr Ris­bey re­alised dur­ing a plant­ing day that the group could save money if it did not have to pay commercial nurs­eries for the plants.

Mr Ris­bey col­lected seeds from rushes, pa­per­barks and flooded gums, and grew them in tubes pro­vided by the coun­cil un­til they were ready to be planted by CRREPA.

He was made a life mem­ber in 2003 for his ef­forts.

The group is re­spon­si­ble for tend­ing to the fore­shore sec­tion from Bull Creek to Shel­ley Bridge.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473296

Max Ris­bey in his Ross­moyne gar­den with seedlings and his own tool for plant­ing.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473296

Max Ris­bey in his Ross­moyne gar­den .

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