Lilly Pilly

Weeping Lilly Pilly Project Update from Landcare

Sustaining the Williams Valley Inc (SWV Inc) has been regenerating the riparian zone on the Williams River at Frank Robinson Reserve since 2017.  Initial funding was sourced from Hunter Water in 2018 and further funds were received from the Greater Bank in 2021 to plant 5,000 trees/shrubs at the site.  Over the last five years the site has been maintained by volunteers with some professional help from contractors when use of herbicide was required.  Despite many setbacks, drought, floods and errant council works the site has established well and now has a diverse range of species.

Event at Frank Robinson Park – Thursday 21st April 2022


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      Planting Morning on 13th May 2021 at Frank Robinson Park

      Tree Planting workshop – video by Hunter Landcare network

      Tree planting workshop update


      A Thank You & Next Steps

      A huge thank you to all those who came to lend a hand last Saturday 6th March for the Tree Planting event as part the enhancement to the Weeping Lilly Pilly Restoration Project at Frank Robinson Park.  The day was a great success with about 45 people attending and the first 350 of 5000 plants going in.  The day was made possible with support from Landcare, funding for the plants from Greater Bank, Council and of course some very dedicated volunteers.

      Here are some photos.  Stay tuned for more action at the Park including another planting day for a further 250 plants before the end of April (the remaining 4400 plants will go in over the next two years).  A brainstorming and planning session for the proposed roadside reserve is also in the works.

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      Tree Planting Event – from 9.30 am 6th March 2021 at Frank Robinson Park, Dungog

      SWV Inc inconjunction with Hunter Regional Landcare is running an event at Frank Robinson Park.  Guest Speakers Peter Dixon will talk about riparian zone management and restoration techniques and Council will present their plans for the Roadside Reserve.  If you interested in joining us please rsvp to or call 0411 258 257.  Event will be catered.

      Weeping Lilly Pilly Riparian Rainforest Restoration Project Update

      Working bees held on 3rd, 4th & 16th of November 2018 resulted in completing Stage 1 (planting of sun loving species) in Zones 1 and 2.  Approximately 400 trees were planted  with fertilizer, water crystals and then bagged and staked.  Both zones were weeded targeting bidens and turkey rhubarb.  It was a really great effort, thanks to dedicated volunteers.  Here are some photos.



      More progress on the Weeping Lilly Pilly Riparian Rainforest Restoration at Frank Robinson Park

      Sunday 15th July was a stunning day and thanks to the hard work from volunteers more progress was made on the Weeping Lilly Pilly Riparian Rainforest Restoration at Frank Robinson Park.  Weeding was done around the plants with particular focus on removing Turkey Rhubarb.   We’ve also started bagging the plants.  It was encouraging to see that many of the plants have survived and were looking healthy.

      The following day further primary work was done by BPA focusing on the large privet and volunteers finished staking and bagging plants.

      So the status of the project thus far is:

      • Primary Work – clearing, weed & sediment control done by Biological Preservation Australia – Zone 1 complete, Zone 2 to be done, Zone 3 partially complete
      • Stage 1 – planting of sun loving species – in progress
      • Stage 2 – planting of light shade species – scheduled for Spring 2018
      • Stage 3 – planting of shade loving species – schedule depends on season and growth of other plants

      Working Bee at Frank Robinson Park – Sunday 15th July 2018

      The next working bee to progress our “Weeping Lilly Pilly Riparian Rainforest” project will be held on Sunday 15th July 2018 from 10am until 12.30pm at Frank Robinson Park, Dungog.

      It will start with morning tea and an information session to talk about the project and the plans for the next stages of planting.

      A working bee will follow for those who would like to help with maintenance and weeding.  Please bring gloves and tools if you have them.

      There will also be a chance to renew or take out membership of Sustaining the Williams Valley.  Annual membership is $5.00 for individuals or $10.00 for a family.  A membership form will be available on the day or at Membership.

      Supervised children and dogs are welcome.

      Any questions and/or to rsvp (for catering purposes) please contact Judy or Dianne at or phone/text Judy on 0411 258 257 or Dianne on 0408 113 468.