They’re keeping weeds in check
“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.