Posted by Chris McGrath, DG Helen Ryan on Apr 25, 2018
Warners Bay Landcare group were joined by eight members from the Rotary Club of Warners Bay for their planting day on 13 April at James Street Landcare site. The Rotary Club had contacted Warners Bay Landcare to help fulfil the goal of Rotary International President Ian Riseley for every Rotary member to plant a tree by Earth Day on 22nd April.
The Rotary members, together with 10 regular volunteers from Warners Bay Landcare, planted 240 native plants along the creekline, edges and weeded areas of James Street site. These plantings will further assist creek stabilisation works and enhance habitat for local birds and bandicoots which have been seen on site.
After a morning tea break with some famously delicious Ginger Cake, site guardian Ann Loughran shared the history of the site with the Rotary visitors, showing them photos of when the site was full of weeds and described how the Landcare group have been working to regenerate the site. Leader of Warners Bay Landcare, Rob Loughran spoke about the history of the group and how they have planted over 100,000 plants across their sites (this milestone was three years ago so the number would be even greater now). Acting Landcare Coordinator, Simon Lubinski talked about the role Council’s Landcare Resource Centre had in supporting Landcare groups across the city and providing indigenous plants for projects like this. Margaret Raynor from the Rotary Club thanked Warners Bay Landcare for their hospitality and both groups discussed opportunities for future engagements between Landcare and Rotary.