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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0411 258 257. Event will be catered.
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.
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
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 email@example.com or phone/text Judy on 0411 258 257 or Dianne on 0408 113 468.
Back in December 2017 work was carried out to install sediment fences and control the weeds on the project site. This was done in preparation for the first stage of the riparian restoration of the southern bank of the Williams River at Frank Robinson Park (see Weeping Lilly Pilly Riparian Rainforest Restoration at Frank Robinson Park under Projects & Activities).
In June 2018 a working bee was held under the expert guidance of Alex King from Biological Preservation Australia. We planted 400 rainforest species of trees, shrubs and rushes. The Dungog Chronicle came to see the progress Frank Robinson Park gets spruce-up.
Progress photos are below:
We plan to have another working bee to monitor the site and continue maintenance work.
The first workshop hosted on 24 June by Sustaining the Williams Valley, Our River and Rainforest, proved a huge success. With around 70 people in attendance, people were treated to three exceptional presentations, an excellent lunch, and a visit to Fosterton Road to see riverside restoration in-situ.
The first speaker, noted environmentalist and philosopher Glenn Albrecht, recounted the words that he has come up with to describe people who love different aspects of place and nature. Glenn is known for coining the term ‘solastalgia’, the feelings of sadness or distress caused by environmental change, and he was able to elaborate extensively on this in terms of how people react to negative environment impacts around them.
Up second was Skye Moore from Local Land Services Hunter, with a fascinating presentation on the history of impacts on the Williams River since the arrival of Europeans. And thirdly was forest expert Alex King, who described many of the various trees that naturally occur in our district, and led the on-site visit following lunch.
Our thanks to our three presenters, the Settlers Arms for the great food, and to everyone who gave up their Saturday to attend.
We would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Land on which we work. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and extend our respect to all Elders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.