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The Kiamma Creek reserve amenities block was officially opened on Thursday by Mayor John Shaw and Mr Paul Stephenson from Veolia Mulwaree Trust.
In attendance were distinguished guests and volunteers who had made the project a reality including Mr Peter Cullen, son of the pioneer of the Kiamma Creek Project, the late Mr Pat Cullen, Clr Malcolm Barlow who helped prepare the ground for the planting of the first tree; Immediate past Lions Club District Governor, Mr Geoff Hobart and his wife Cherie, Kiamma Creek Landcare President, Mr Barry Murphy; Tina Dodson and Phil Newham from the Upper Lachlan Shire council; Landcarers John and Sylvia Bowring ; Genevieve Reardon from the Lachlan CMA; Mary Bonet from Upper Lachlan Landcare; Lions members and Landcarers Norman and Judith Fountain, Robert Burbidge, Brent Hall, Trevene Maddox, Brent Hall and John Gray.
After the official opening the Council put on a morning tea in the Council Chambers where stories were shared about the journey of the Kiamma Creek Reserve and of the pioneer the Later Mr Pat Cullen.
The creation of the garden and amenities area at Kiamma Creek Reserve has been a long term goal of the Kiamma Creek Landcare Group and the Lions Club. Following on from the work of the pioneer the Late Mr Pat Cullen the groups aim to enhance the conditions of the Kiamma Creek reserve so that the people of Crookwell and visitors will be able to enjoy the beautiful surrounds and make full use of the park.
John Bowring of Kiamma Creek Landcare commented “great work, a credit to a great community” and President Mr Barry Murphy said that “The project is an example what can be achieved by community working together for the long term benefit of the Upper Lachlan Shire and demonstrates what can be achieved over the whole of Kiamma Creek Reserve.”
The groups plan is to continue this beautification program and environmental restoration of the creek over the coming years starting with willow removal from the Caravan Park right through to Harley Road. The Landcare group supported by the Lachlan CMA and the Upper Lachlan Shire Council will be holding field days at the reserve and on a nearby property to educate the public on the benefits of willow removal and best practice willow removal procedures. The first of these field days is planned for April and the willow removal will be undertaken in May by professional contractors.
With all of the projects and revegetation work that will be happening over the course of the year Kiamma Creek Landcare are looking for more volunteers so if you feel like getting involved in a great community project contact Landcare president Mr Barry Murphy ph. 48321004 or email Mary Bonet from Upper Lachlan Landcare email@example.com . Kiamma Creek Landcare will have an information stall at this year’s Crookwell Potato Festival to inform the community of what the Riparian Restoration of Kiamma Creek will involve and it will be a great opportunity to come and chat with the landcarers and to find out how you can get involved.