Tor­nado reveg­e­ta­tion suc­cess

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

Na­tional Tree Day in July 2014 pre­sented a per­fect op­por­tu­nity for 68 vol­un­teers from Corowa District Land­care to go to work along­side Lin­ley Park, op­po­site Kyf­fin’s Re­serve Mul­wala.

A few months ear­lier, a tor­nado had ripped through many ar­eas, in­clud­ing Deni­son County Park and next door Kyf­fin’s Re­serve, as well as in between the two en­trances to Kyf­fin’s Re­serve on both sides of Spring Drive.

A huge coverage of the damage, in­clud­ing up­turned car­a­vans in Deni­son County, ap­peared in the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle at the time.

The tor­nado dec­i­mated Kyf­fin’s Re­serve veg­e­ta­tion, along with road­side veg­e­ta­tion and fencing, and cre­ated a build-up of rub­bish strewn along­side road­sides.

Not long af­ter, land­care chair­per­son at the time, Bron­wyn Thomas of Mul­wala, at­tended a women’s work­shop in Hol­brook.

“Five of us went as del­e­gates and we were to give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity upon our re­turn,” re­cently elected coun­cil­lor with Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil, Bron­wyn Thomas told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle.

Cr Thomas im­me­di­ately thought of a big road­side reveg­e­ta­tion project for the up­com­ing Na­tional Tree Day, start­ing near the Lin­ley Park en­trance and ex­tend­ing 2.4kms to op­po­site the Deni­son County en­trance, and co-or­di­nated the project.

“The 68 vol­un­teers were di­vided into three work­ing groups be­cause of lo­gis­tics, a busy road, aged de­mo­graph­ics, plant and equip­ment and OH&S re­quire­ments of the then Corowa Shire Coun­cil,” she said.

“There was 2.4kms of fencing down and de­bris, a lot of pre site prepa­ra­tion by the Don­ald­son fam­ily (Lin­ley Park) fire bri­gades from Mul­wala and Corowa, and districts cleared fallen tim­ber and pro­vided wa­ter for 840 new na­tive Pa­cific plants, soup was do­nated by Mul­wala Pub­lic School P & C, and sand­wiches were brought out by the Mul­wala Bak­ery. It was a big day.”

Spring Drive mo­torists and walk­ers, jog­gers or cy­cle rid­ers in Kyf­fin’s Re­serve can’t help but no­tice the bright yel­low and ma­roon colours along­side Lin­ley Park.

The 840 plants in­clude four types of wat­tles, hop-bush, she-oaks and bull-oaks, and cre­ate a colour­ful and va­ri­ety road­side land­scape.

“‘Gee, it looks fan­tas­tic’, “peo­ple say, Cr Thomas, who has been a land­care mem­ber, in­clud­ing the role of chair­per­son, for nine years of the 21-year-old land­care group re­layed. “I’m very, very pleased with the progress of this project. It’s all part of the re­cov­ery process from the hor­rific event of 2013.

“It brought peo­ple to­gether, younger peo­ple in­clud­ing chil­dren, older peo­ple, and achieved a great re­sult. There was so much gen­er­ous sup­port from so many peo­ple and Corowa Shire Coun­cil staff.”

Bron­wyn’s opin­ion was shared by one of those big day work­ers, former Corowa Shire coun­cil­lor Joan Palmer who was re­cently elected as chair­per­son at the AGM.

“It was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to come to­gether to do some­thing tan­gi­ble, which has a last­ing legacy,” Joan said.

“We re­mem­ber the bad things but this reveg­e­ta­tion is a liv­ing, breath­ing, liv­ing and sus­tain­able project.”

Corowa District Land­care mem­bers, Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil coun­cil­lor Bron­wyn Thomas (left) and former Corowa Shire coun­cil­lor, new land­care chair­per­son Joan Palmer be­side some wat­tles and in front of a hop-bush.

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