Vol­un­teer call for an­nual plantout

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Project Platy­pus Land­care lead­ers have called on com­mu­nity vol­un­teers to get in­volved with an­nual plantouts next month.

Project Platy­pus cov­ers a crit­i­cal area of the re­gion’s up­per catch­ment where en­vi­ron­men­tal health can, apart from de­ter­min­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity of agri­cul­tural land, dic­tate the con­di­tion of the ar­te­rial Wim­mera River sys­tem.

Project Platy­pus man­ager and plantout or­gan­iser John Pye said vol­un­teers had the job of plant­ing more than 24,000 trees as part of the an­nual reveg­e­ta­tion pro­gram.

“Plant­ing this many trees wouldn’t be pos­si­ble with­out the help of vol­un­teers,” he said.

“Plantouts are de­signed to im­prove eco­log­i­cal con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween the Grampians and Pyre­nees ranges.

“Sites have been care­fully se­lected to en­sure there is a win-win for both the en­vi­ron­ment and for farm­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

Mr Pye en­cour­aged peo­ple to get in­volved.

“Many as­sume tree plant­ing is hard phys­i­cal work, which isn’t true,” he said.

“Af­ter many years of tree plant­ing we have stream­lined the process and use great equip­ment that makes tree plant­ing quick and easy.

“It’s rec­om­mended that you wear sturdy footwear, bring cloth­ing ap­pro­pri­ate for the weather and a pair of gar­den­ing gloves.”

Mr Pye said plantouts pro­vided a re­ward­ing and en­ter­tain­ing day out set in a beau­ti­ful land­scape.

“This is your op­por­tu­nity to help im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment and put back the trees that have been re­moved from our land­scape over the past 150 years or so. All plantouts are fully catered and there are jobs for all age groups and abil­i­ties,” he said.

Com­mu­nity plantouts are at Bel­lellen on July 1, Navarre, July 23 and Con­con­gella, July 29.

Peo­ple want­ing fur­ther de­tails or to reg­is­ter can visit Project Platy­pus web­site www.platy­pus.org.au.

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