LANDCARE SALT BUSH SEEDLINGS
WINTER and the chilling mornings do not stop Landcare from supporting communities.
Gin Gin Landcare president Ray Johnson proudly talks about his passion for the environment.
Landcare is working with farmers around Australia to encourage long-term care for farming land.
“We are working with Graham Claxton. He kindly donates a megalitre of water a year to Landcare,” Mr Johnson said.
“If it wasn’t for the donations, Landcare in small communities would struggle.”
Farmers raising livestock need an alternative food source during times of drought and Landcare is helping with growing saltbush plants.
“Currently we are growing saltbush seedlings. They are a strong, hardy plant and the grazing stock enjoys it,” Mr Johnson said.
Australian bush tucker plants have become popular in many Australian backyards.
“We have a wide range of Australian native and indigenous bush tucker plants for sale,” he said.
Home-grown food has increased in popularity in the past five years, with many families growing fruit, vegetables, herbs and native bush tucker plants.
Mr Johnson encourages families and other community groups to visit the nursery.
“It’s a great opportunity to browse the established trees of the area,” he said.
Landcare relies on the dedication of volunteers and welcomes the community to join.
Mr Johnson said he received calls and orders for plants and “we need hands to fill the orders”.
Gin Gin Landcare is located at 10 Tableland Rd, Tirroan, opposite the Tirroan Hotel.
The native plant nursery is open to the public from 8am-4pm Wednesday and Friday.
LET IT GROW: Gin Gin Landcare president Ray Johnson caring for saltbush seedlings.