Issue Number #32
Issue Date Winter 2005
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Title Down by the River

This Campbell Town field day was organised to inform local residents in the Northern Midlands and others on riparian revegetation methods, and gorse control. We struck it lucky with the weather-it was a beautiful sunny but frosty winter's day and surprisingly, 40 people attended. Everyone warmed up on arrival with homemade soup and bread, kindly provided by Frank with his caravan.

The day was focused on the work of Bill Chugg and the Township Landcare group. Next time you stop for a cuppa in CampbellTown, take the time to walk along the path near the red bridge, and you will see what a great job this group has done over the last 10 years removing weeds and putting in natives along the rivers edge.

After the riverwalk, everyone tip-toed across the Elizabeth River to Elizabeth Island, and heard about Bill's heroic efforts in clearing the island of gorse, and planting it with the threatened Midlands Mimosa or Acacia axillaris.

We also heard from Biz Nicolson about propagating and collecting seeds from this plant, from Rivercare's Rae Glazik about planning for revegetation, Greening Australia's Mike Noble about the Northern Riparian Project and from John Richardson about the 'About Campbell Town' strategy for the river environs.

Thanks GA's Mike, our president Annie Griffiths and husband Brian for assisting with shepherding the rather large group through the gorse and over the river. A barbecue lunch was put on by John from 'About Campbelltown', and fizzy drinks provided by the girl guides.

It was a community effort and a highly successful day.

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