Kiamma Creek Landcare Group get down to work

The Kiamma Creek Landcare group recently held a working bee and unofficial opening of at the new amenities block situated at the Kiamma Creek Reserve and prepared surrounding area ready for planting.

Norman Fountain, Councillor Malcolm Barlow, John Bowring, Sue Bell, Barry Murphy, Judith Fountain and Robert Burbidge.
Norman Fountain, Councillor Malcolm Barlow, John Bowring, Sue Bell, Barry Murphy, Judith Fountain and Robert Burbidge.

This was funded by the Lions Club and Veolia Mulwaree Trust.

The council have completed the construction of the walking track and have installed five bench seats along the track and Margaret Carr from the Upper Lachlan Shire Council has begun planting some additional trees along the walking track.  Kiamma Creek Landcare plan to do more of this planting in upcoming working bees.

Kiamma Creek Landcare Group has also been successful in obtaining a ‘Caring for Our Country Grant’ valued at $16,070 for use with community education of riparian restoration through willow removal in Crookwell held in trust by the Upper Lachlan Shire Council.

With a major focus on large-scale community education, this project will continue the restoration of the Kiamma Creek to increase biodiversity and improve riparian health and water quality.

This will include willow removal in section three of Kiamma Creek  an area of approximately 350 metres by specialist willow removal contractors which will be overseen by the Upper Lachlan Shire Council.

After all of the willows are removed replanting of project area with local native species by Kiamma Creek Landcare group.

The Lachlan CMA will then hold field days including on site demonstration of willow removal on landholders properties to raise community understanding of riparian health, demonstrate various techniques to remove and control willows and educate volunteers on correct follow up methods.

The project is scheduled to commence in February 2013 and the aim is to have Crookwell proudly “willow free” by 2015.

The members of the Kiamma Creek Landcare group are all volunteers and they wish to thank the many helpers for this fantastic park which is taking shape nicely.

Special thanks to the Crookwell Lions Club and Veolia Mulwaree Trust and Upper Lachlan Shire Council.

If you wish to donate a rose for the rose garden and they should be left with Barry Murphy at Spud Murphy’s Inn.

The working bees are the first Tuesday of the month from 10.00am and anyone who wants to lend a hand to help continue the beautification of this area is most welcome.

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