Poor weather no barrier to planting day
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.
Australind’s Colin and Lauren Anker with son Lucian, 3, were not deterred by the rain at the annual community planting.