Land­care group’s reach far and wide

Comment News (Gosnells) - - News - Jes­sica War­riner

THE Ar­madale Gos­nells Land­care Group’s in­flu­ence has ten­drils across town.

It plants 115,000 plants each year at 23 sites across two coun­cil ar­eas and has thou­sands of vol­un­teers.

Fan­cote Park in Kelm­scott is just one of their fo­cus sites, with the group plant­ing trees down by the stream, with na­tive fish and crus­taceans flour­ish­ing in ideal habi­tats.

“The en­vi­ron­ment’s not just for peo­ple study­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence, it’s for every­body,” AGLG Com­mu­nity Land­care Co-or­di­na­tor Narelle Mew­burn said.

Groups from across Perth in­clud­ing school­child­ren, work­ers do­ing cor­po­rate team build­ing, Work for the Dole and more come to­gether to un­der­take the enor­mous amount of plant­ing the AGLG does, and each patch has a core of lo­cal vol­un­teers.

“Peo­ple can watch the trees grow in their lo­cal space and take own­er­ship of it,” Ms Mew­burn said.

“They be­come cus­to­di­ans and they look af­ter it, and if there’s any un­to­ward be­hav­iour go­ing on, they re­port it.”

The AGLG was es­tab­lished in 1998 in re­sponse to com­mu­nity con­cern about the health and degra­da­tion of the Can­ning, South­ern and Wun­gong rivers.

They have just been recog­nised by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment with a vol­un­teer grant of al­most $4000 from the Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices.

The grant will en­able them to get a map­ping tool tablet to fast track site as­sess­ments and a sturdy mar­quee for plant­ing days.

They are also aim­ing to pre­serve the his­tory of var­i­ous ar­eas thanks to the knowl­edge of their vol­un­teers.

“The ma­jor­ity of peo­ple are el­derly, and they have all the in­for­ma­tion about the patch they’ve been work­ing on,” AGLG chair­man Ken Downs­bor­ough said.

“They know the his­tory, they know what used to be there, and when those peo­ple move to an­other area, or they pass away, a lot of that in­for­ma­tion just dis­ap­pears.

“So what we’re try­ing to do here is start a process of keep­ing good records about what’s be­ing done ev­ery year.”

To find out more about the AGLG or get in­volved, head to face­book.com/ar­madalegos­nell­s­land­care­group or call their of­fice on 9394 5622.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d469548

Ken Downs­bor­ough and Narelle Mew­burn in Fan­cote Park

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