Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Lagoon working bee

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More than 900 seedlings will be planted at the Werrpanaka­ta Fish Park in Deniliquin this Saturday and plans to transform its island continue.

The Deniliquin Kolety Lagoons Landcare Group members are asking for help to complete the task, with volunteers asked to text 0438 719 628 or email denilandca­re@gmail.com if they can help with the working bee from 9am to 11am.

Transforma­tion of the Werrpanaka­ta Fish Park in Brown’s Park off Hardinge St has been ongoing for a number of years, with Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre leading the transforma­tion of the island with funding from Aboriginal Fishing Trust.

Yarkuwa chair Jeanette Crew said it will feature a variety of native plants, which have been used by First Nations people for millennia.

The plants can be used in everything from traditiona­l medicines, to food and clothing.

‘‘Everything we’re planting has a use; there’s no wasted space,’’ Mrs Crew said.

‘‘They also provide a benefit to the whole lagoon system, by cleaning out water and creating good.’’

Also on the island will be a fire pit, educationa­l signage and a catch and release fishing platform, all of which have been made accessible to those with mobility issues.

‘‘It’s something that not many, or any, communitie­s have; it’s totally unique,’’ Mrs Crew said.

‘‘It will be used by Yarkuwa for educationa­l events, as a function area, and is otherwise available for all to use.’’

Deniliquin Kolety Lagoons Landcare Group member and Ricegrower­s Associatio­n of Australia local landcare coordinato­r Erika Heffer said the work being completed has multiple benefits.

‘‘The benefit for us is that it creates a healthy environmen­t, and Yarkuwa will get a valuable educationa­l resource.’’

An October park opening is the goal, but that depends on COVID-19 rules.

 ??  ?? Progress has been made in rejuvenati­ng the island at the Werrpanaka­ta Fish Park.
Progress has been made in rejuvenati­ng the island at the Werrpanaka­ta Fish Park.

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