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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:00

30 years of Caring, Repairing and Sharing

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Long-time members of Mt Vincent Landcare, Rob and Mary, are demonstrating people’s participation in local Landcare volunteering does make a difference. The proof in point is an old planting site along Brunkerville Creek. This 1km site was once a well-trodden eroded creek bank but thanks to the revegetation action of the original Mulbring Valley Landcare members over 30 years ago, it is now an important mature riparian corridor. 

This year the Stepping Stones (SS) Team partnered with local landcarers, landholders and Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA), to conduct large scale weed removal within and around the old planting site. A professional team of CVA bush regenerators conducted an initial sweep in February poisoning blackberry and large camphor laurel trees.  Local Landcarers, landholders and SS team members, followed up with a fantastic effort on the 18th of October removing hundreds of lantana and camphor laurel saplings from a 400m stretch along the eastern bank.

The Brunkerville Creek catchment will remain a focus for the Stepping Stones Project leading into 2015 where works are planned to extend the riparian corridor and landscape connections on surrounding properties. The success of this site is testament to the tenacious belief and committed effort of volunteers to ‘make change happen’. 
The Stepping Stones Team acknowledges International Volunteer Day on the 5th December 2014 and applauds the hundreds of volunteers that have participated in the Project’s activities to date.  Thank you for your support and engagement – we can’t do what we do without you!