They’re keep­ing weeds in check

Isis Town and Country - - Woodgate -

“WE BE­LIEVE we have made a dif­fer­ence to the com­mu­nity be­cause by vol­un­teer­ing our time to help keep Woodgate Beach look­ing good, it en­cour­ages oth­ers to do the same,” said Woodgate Weed­busters mem­ber Heather Wieland.

Founded 16 years ago by a con­cerned com­mu­nity group wor­ried about the Mother of Mil­lions that was grow­ing ram­pant along the fore­shore dunes at Woodgate, this group was re­cently recog­nised for its ex­cep­tional work through an Australia Day award.

Heather said although there were orig­i­nally 16 vol­un­teers, there are now four ded­i­cated mem­bers and she is the only orig­i­nal mem­ber.

“We are lucky enough to live in a beau­ti­ful area and we want to keep it beau­ti­ful to show any­one who vis­its,” she said.

“The coun­cil now spray the Mother of Mil­lions once a year, plus other in­va­sive weeds, and our role is to keep in check the weeds that grow through­out the year, es­pe­cially the Moss­man River Grass which pro­duces small burrs which get onto an­i­mals’ fur, plus our cloth­ing, plus other sea­sonal weeds as well.

“Be­cause we also pick up rub­bish we meet Wed­nes­day morn­ings for ap­prox­i­mately one hour then start from that spot the fol­low­ing week, cov­er­ing the length of the es­planade from Banksia Park to the ho­tel.”

Heather and the group are pleased that although peo­ple may not have the time to meet with them on Wed­nes­days, they help them by pick­ing up rub­bish when walk­ing on the beach or pathways.

“We have tourists com­mend us on what we are do­ing and that makes us feel good also,” she said.

“To win the Australia Day award was won­der­ful be­cause to be recog­nised and ap­pre­ci­ated for what we are do­ing makes it all worth­while. Our plans for 2015 are to con­tinue as usual and be­cause we are quiet achiev­ers, we will be there help­ing the other vol­un­teers on Clean Up Australia Day which will be held at Woodgate Beach on Sun­day, April 12, at 7am at the Emer­gency Ser­vices Com­plex.”

HON­OURED: The Woodgate Weed­ers team are Heather Wieland, Dawn Gre­bert, Eleanor Sbogar and Harry Zawacki.

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