Holbrook Landcare Network is thrilled to be hosting a local Green Army Project, funded by the Australian Government and delivered with the service provider Campbell Page Skillset.
This project brings together 10 partners from the Upper and Eastern Murray to undertake on-ground projects that enhance and protect habitat for threatened species such as Squirrel Gliders and Southern Pygmy Perch, as well as increase the community awareness and engagement with the environment in our region. Greater Hume Shire Council are major partners, as well as Mountain Landcare, Wirraminna Education Centre, Woolshed-Thurgoona Landcare and Bungowannah-Splitters Creek Landcare, Morven Fishing Club and Murray Local Land Services. The partners have come together to deliver the project, and there are new opportunities and partnerships coming every day.
The crew of five, with supervisor Hannah O’Dea have been working for 7 weeks now on projects in Holbrook, Thurgoona, Burrumbuttock and Culcairn doing revegetation, weed control, maintenance of walking tracks and revegetation areas and nestbox monitoring. Kylie Durant from Holbrook Landcare has been taking them out to sites across the catchment looking at building their skills in plant and bird identification with the view that they will also help to build some knowledge about the plants and animals in the catchment
Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley officially launched the Holbrook Green Army Project last week at “Yarra Glen” owned by the Keogh family. There they were helping to plant out a corridor funded by the S2S Bushlinks project.
“Holbrook Landcare is really pleased to be able to host the team, supported by the wide range of on-ground projects and partners we have developed, and it’s a great helping hand to some of the landholders involved in our incentive programs” says Kylie, Project Officer for S2S Bushlinks. “It’s also great to be able to be able to support some young people in our community with their work skills and confidence. They are just loving meeting a range of different volunteers and working with passionate people.”
Some of the jobs they have been working on include the Billabong Creek foreshores that were initially revegetated by the Morven Fishing Club in Culcairn, the Ian Geddes Bush Reserve in Holbrook, Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre in Burrumbuttock and the Police Paddock Bush Mountain Bike Trail in Tumbarumba. They have been planting on public and private land areas in the district and haven helped put a roof on the chook shed in the Holbrook Community Gardens!
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