A Community at Work

Left to Right – Tony Minter -Treasurer; Mick Schiller – Vice President; Judi Edwards – President; Linda Minter – Secretary; Denise Schiller – Publicity Officer from Boolarra South
Landcare Group and Alan Bannister and Karen Anton from Mirboo North and District Community Bank.

Boolarra South Landcare Group is making great progress at the Mill site. We had a wonderful surprise when we received $48,000 from the Bendigo Bank Community Enterprise Foundation. The Bendigo and Adelaide Banks’ philanthropic arm, the Community Enterprise Foundation and the Black Saturday Appeal Gippsland Region Community Grants Scheme, provided this money. Alan Bannister, Manager of the Mirboo North and District Community Bank Branch helped us access this fund and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal also played a part. This money will be mainly used to provide a composting toilet and work on the surrounds, but it will also assist us to complete work on the tracks and provide more planting.

Carole Sanders (nee Thorburn) whose grandfather was the original miller has generously provided some lovely quilting to be used for fundraising.  We drew this raffle at the last Landcare meeting and congratulations go to Denise Schiller, who won the quilt, Jill Parker who won the bag and Graham Talmadge’s son Andrew, who won the wall hanging.

Dana and Madi from Mirboo North High School ran a wonderful trivia night at the Darlimurla Hall and raised over $700.00. The Boolarra South Landcare table also won the trivia!

Reg Stirling from Yinnar has welded some seat bases and serviced our mower, thank you for your support Reg. The DSE provides technical expertise, oversees the project and clears dangerous trees. They have also installed two security gates at each end of Hunt’s track, but sadly, within half an hour someone had rammed one with a 4 wheel drive! Latrobe City is giving us rubbish bins and signage and Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network has helped identify weeds and rare plant species. This Network has also provided funding for fencing and plants and have loaned us a movement sensitive infra red camera that will tell us what animals visit the area, perhaps we should train it on the gates!

We have also had great help from Malcolm Grant and the Morwell TAFE horticulture students. They even persevered in the rain. They are coming on Mondays and have increased the length of finished tracks considerably.  Fortunately it was fine when Mirboo North Junior Landcarers came to help and they all worked extremely well spreading gravel and clearing around the dam. Thank you all for your generous help.

The rain has dampened things a little but we now know where we need more pipes! We received a grant of $20,000 from International Power for the Gazebo and surrounds. The Gazebo has been erected and we have the concrete floor and signage to complete. We are very pleased to have it in place. The plants have been ordered and our plans for the Arboretum are underway. Quotes have been obtained for a Composting toilet and we are checking all the requirements for installing toilet facilities on the site. There is a dam/ wetland area to be planted and plenty of crushed rock to spread. We are now confident that the Boolarra community will soon have a really great recreational asset.

The Boolarra South Landcare Group would like to thank all those who have assisted with this project.  It has been a challenge but it shows what communities can achieve when they are able to support each other and when the business community is so generous.

Denise Schiller.  Publicity Officer, BSLC.