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

      Repawa Bulk Buy is Open

      Repawa Bulk Buy is Open

      As part of its focus on community owned renewable energy (CORE), SWV Inc formed Repawa.  Repawa stands for Renewable Energy Patterson Allyn Williams Area.  Our aim is to increase the use of renewable energy in our area and also raise money for community projects that focus on sustainability and renewable energy.  Our first project is a bulk buy of solar panels and/or batteries. You can find more information about the bulk buy on our website along with a form to fill in if you’re interested in getting a system for your place (residential or commercial).  If you have any questions or ideas for community projects, send them to repawacommunity@gmail.com.  Alternatively if you will be in Dungog on Saturday morning 10th April, we will be outside the CWA Hall next to the Growers Market.  We’ll have a banner so you won’t miss us.

      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 sustainingwilliamsvalley@gmail.com or call 0411 258 257.  Event will be catered.

      Solar Bulk Buy Project – REPAWA Dungog

      With electricity costs rising over the last few years, many households and businesses are finding that creating their own electricity makes all the difference to energy affordability. But not everyone can readily find the money to install their own solar power system, despite equipment prices continuing to drop. So because some of us are missing out on this free, clean source of power, Sustaining Williams Valley Inc is investigating the feasibility of a community-led solar bulk buy program.

      Being part of a community-led bulk buy program gives householders and businesses more than just a better price. We will do all the hard work (and research) for you. Our focus for the bulk-buys will be to negotiate the best possible discount on the highest of quality equipment and link in with the highest possible quality solar installers.

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      If you are interested in getting further information about the project or potentially interested in participating in the initial solar bulk buy purchase, please complete the online form you can access here.


      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.