An excellent turnout was seen at last nights ‘Walk and Talk’ at the Mullahwallah Wetlands, Hosted by the Cardigan-Windermere group and UMEC Landcare Network. The group was guided by Rodger Thomas, a local expert on the wetlands. As Rodger explained this wetland was a significant resource for the aboriginal people who used the wetland to collect valuable food and materials. The Wetland is also home to many birds species, some of which are inter-continental breeders and highly endangered.
We later ventured down the walking track, which is maintained by the C-W landcare group. it was great to see the newly installed information signs as well as seeing the successful work in rehabilitating the edge of the wetland with native grasses.
Thanks to all those who came along!
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New interpretative signs for Mullawallah Wetlands have been installed by the Cardigan-Windermere Landcare Group along the walking track that surrounds the wetland. A fantastic effort by the group, just in time for the Christmas holidays.
The Track can be accessed via Lucas Lane, there is also access off Ibis Gardens Court and Blind Creek Road. Check it out!
In a project that’s planted over 10,000 native trees and been bringing people together for over five years, the Sustainable Communities Committee of Rotary District 9810 recently completed its annual tree planting project for 2016.
The project involves Rotarians from the suburbs of east Melbourne (Rotary Clubs of Doncaster, Rotary Club of Mount Albert and Surrey Hills and the Rotaract Clubs of Monash and Whitehorse) raising native seedlings from the Tree Project organisation in their own backyards. After tending to the seedlings for over six months, volunteers have the chance to get their hands dirty, planting the trees on properties in the Beaufort region, supporting local Landcare efforts to rebuild nature corridors and decrease erosion and salinity.
On Sunday September 11th, this year’s seedlings: a variety of eucalypt, wattle and other native species locally indigenous to the area were planted. The location of this years planting was at Buln Gherin (a property near Beaufort).
Three “generations” of Rotary groups participated on the day – three Rotary clubs, two Rotaract clubs and Interactors from Ashwood High School. Although challenged by the weather conditions, only around a third of the trees grown this year were planted by volunteers on the actual Tree Planting Day, with local volunteers, land owners and drought employment crew completing the remainder in the following weeks.
Planters had a chance to see the past two years’ trees flourishing and enjoyed some lovely country hospitality from the landowners and the Rotary Club of Beaufort.