Poor weather no bar­rier to plant­ing day

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

DE­SPITE the win­try con­di­tions a dozen vol­un­teers suited up in wet weather gear for the an­nual com­mu­nity plant­ing at the War­dandi Flora Re­serve in Aus­tralind on July 23.

The Aus­tralind Bush­care Coun­cil has taken own­er­ship of the Class A re­serve and the ad­ja­cent seed or­chard, a past rub­bish tip, for the past 20 years.

The Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion funded the 650 seedlings from the Leschenault Com­mu­nity Nurs­ery in recog­ni­tion of work un­der­taken last year when a num­ber of plants were lost in the process of putting in a new sewer pipe.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Peter Eck­er­s­ley said the small group man­aged to plant al­most 500 of the seedlings and the bal­ance was put in the ground on Satur­day.

“The last com­mu­nity plant­ing took place two years ago and it is re­ward­ing to see how ro­bust the plants, which we put into the ground in pre­vi­ous years, are now,” he said.

“This is mainly in­fill plant­ing in bare ar­eas and we are fo­cussing our ef­forts on the re­serve be­cause it will re­main a re­serve and is in­cluded in the Leschenault Re­gional Park Es­tab­lish­ment Plan.

“De­spite the dis­mal weather we got most of the job done and it is great to see peo­ple turn­ing out to lend a hand in the rain.”

Mr Eck­er­s­ley said the Aus­tralind Bush­care Coun­cil was plan­ning a guided wild­flower walk within the re­serve in Septem­ber and a com­mu­nity work­shop to dis­cuss a man­age­ment plan for the re­serve be­fore pre­sent­ing it to the Har­vey Shire Coun­cil.

Pic­ture: Han­nelore Hep­burn

Aus­tralind’s Colin and Lauren Anker with son Lu­cian, 3, were not de­terred by the rain at the an­nual com­mu­nity plant­ing.

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