Friday 7 October 2016
Green Army crews have recently installed bollards and undertaken weed control for the new pathway around Rawlinson Wetland in Bega.
This work is one of the many sites where two Bega Valley based Green Army crews have been providing significant practical assistance across the region to a range of local environmental and community projects over the past six months.
The Green Army is funded through the Australian Government’s Green Army program and hosted by Conservation Volunteers Australia.
Cliff Shipton, Urban Maintenance and Public Spaces Co-ordinator from Bega Valley Shire Council (BVSC) said the Green Army’s work at Rawlinson wetland is just one of the many rehabilitation projects they have assisted Council with.
“This project is funded by Council’s Environment Levy and as well as reducing weeds and improving the amenity of the Reserve it will also result in improved stormwater quality.
“These works are part of a broader rehabilitation plan for the wetland which includes selective revegetation of the fringe to enhance biodiversity, water quality, aesthetics and recreational use.
‘Importantly, the revegetation works will also provide a buffer to increased storm water runoff from new developments in the area.
“The Green Army crew has also been working with a number of partners including South East Local Land Services and community groups to tackle some problem sites across the Shire by helping to control weeds, clear pathways, mulch gardens and plant native vegetation.
“Their efforts and associated outcomes have combined well with a number of projects that are underway within the region and their assistance is greatly appreciated by everyone involved,” Ms Shipton said.
Green Army team members gain valuable skills and experience and often succeed in finding employment in the natural resource management sector. To find out more about the program go to www.conservationvolunteers.com.au/green-army
For more information on Council projects call Cliff Shipton on (02) 6499 2222.
Photograph: Green Army crew at the Rawlinson wetland path (L-R) Connor Witcombe, Lachlan Rubly, Wayne Rootsey, Emily Pearce, Tyler McCulloch.