Landcare week celebrations were held in Breadalbane by the Breadalbane Plains Landcare Group supported by Upper Lachlan Landcare.
The day was an opportunity to reflect on the collective landcare achievements of the group. Presidents, secretaries and treasurers past and present were all in attendance with Nick Wise the inaugural secretary travelling from the Central Coast to take part in the activities. Tony Morrison had much praise for the Mr Wise and described the enormous task that he undertook with the beginning of landcare and the National Heritage Trust which gave the group an initial funding of over $160,000.
“It was a huge job, it was a bit intimidating having to put that NHT stuff together , 38 pages or something like that, but luckily we had Nick Wise who knew how to dot all the right things and tick all the right boxes and we got the money, we got the group started, and every single member and just about everybody around the area got involved with landcare and they have all done something and most of us have done a fair bit.” Mr Morrison said. “We may not be getting any funding now but it just gave us the tools to get started and manage our own tree planting.”
The legendary Brian Cumberland, formerly of Greening Australia, and known affectionately as the granddaddy of direct seeding was the special guest at the Breadalbane celebrations. Over twenty year career with his trusty Rodden III direct seeder Brian visited many properties in the district and it is estimated that he direct seeded over twenty million plants into southeast NSW soils with many of those in the Breadalbane district. Mr Cumberland also set up a Native Plant Nursery at the Breadalbane School and helped the children with seed collection, propogation and planting. It is estimated that the school children planted out nearly 12,000 trees over the years.
Listen to audio of Brian describing the Breadalbane School tree planting experience here: http://ps3beta.com/story/25925
Jenny Bell of “Bohara” describes the tree planting days with the Breadalbane School children as “potentially life changing for some of the children. Some of them had never been on the back of a farm ute before and the chance to get out on a farm and plant some trees was a great experience for them” Ms Bell said.
The celebrations included an inspection of some of the groups achievements and 25 Landcarers braved very cold conditions to take a tour of some of the tree planting projects including the Breadalbane Park, “South Raeburn” and “Bohara” plantings by the Breadalbane School and other landcare projects including; The Breadalbane Wetland Rehabilitation Project at “Dairy Flat” and “Greendale”, Frank and Maryanne Hannan’s revegetation project at “Maryfield”, direct seeding and Healthy Farm Dam Project at “Bohara” and the Breadalbane Iron Stone Mine Remediation by Divalls at “South Raeburn”.
Brave landcarers Elva Gale from Parkesbourne and Ray Shiels from Goulburn were not deterred by the icy winds and described it as a great opportunity to see the tremendous shelter benefits that trees offer on farms.
The celebrations concluded with an obligatory bbq at the Breadalbane Hall.
For article in the Goulburn Post about the event follow this link http://www.goulburnpost.com.au/story/339139/landcare-alive-and-strong-in-breadalbane/