Boolarra South Landcare Group – Dec. 2011

Landcare members Mick Schiller & Linda Minter with Darren Chester, enjoying a BBQ at the gazebo

The Old Mill Site project is nearing completion. After 12 months of hard work by Boolarra South Landcare Group we are pleased to have our goal within sight.

The Gazebo has already been in use for BBQ’s and on the Open Garden Sunday when its shade was appreciated. The composting toilet is finished apart from some landscaping. There is a picnic table and benches and some additional seating.

We have planted more than 1500 native plants in the Arboretum and have produced a Guided Walk for visitors. These plants will look great in a year or two. Many very interesting plants are here and the guide will help walkers identify things that can be found along the tracks. The ‘track maps’ are located in a box near the car park and walkers have a choice of routes. None of the walks are difficult and the bush is looking good after all the rain.

Darren Chester paid us a visit and was impressed enough to give us a mention in Federal Parliament. A little of his speech:

‘I would like to congratulate the Boolarra South Landcare Group for the extraordinary work they have been doing in the rehabilitation of the old Mill site at Boolarra….It will be a great asset for the Boolarra district community for many years to come.”

Ref: Hansard. 2/11/2011.

It is great to have the support of our Parliamentary representatives and both Russell Northe and Darren Chester have been to see what we are doing. Bastin Track has yet to be finished but we hope to get to the end before Christmas. The TAFE  students have had a break for study and exams but we are looking forward to their presence for another couple of Mondays to get the crushed rock spread.

A working bee to spread the mulch around new plantings to help them survive the summer and keep the weeds in check was held in November. Thank you to the helpers who made the job so much easier.

We have some further improvements in mind, some additional seats, clearing and beautify cation around the dam will probably be next. Our future work can progress at a slower pace.

Linda and Tony Minter worked tirelessly to get the plants in the ground while the area was damp. They have had a good watering and are looking good. John Lubawski and Mick Crowley have also put in quite a few hours on the tracks as well as keeping the mulching and mowing up to date. They all need a well deserved rest over the festive season.

We feel that we have created a beautiful asset for our community and look forward to seeing many of you enjoying these amenities.

Denise Schiller, Publicity Officer