10,000 native flora need planting and you are invited to help! Central West Lachlan Landcare, in a joint effort with the Parkes Shire Council, are looking for a natureloving crew to put the finishing touches to a brand new constructed wetland area for Parkes at PAC Park. Anyone who would like to get out and be part of this community effort is invited to join in planting native water plants and grasses on Saturday 26th March from 9am until 11am. “If you are not as mobile as you used to be, but want to get out and provide support, bring your chair along and supervise,” said Marg Applebee, Project Officer at Landcare.
The bottom half of PAC Park that includes the weir on Woodward Street has been dredged and cleaned of all silt and sediment over the past three weeks. The next step is to put in the plants that will attract water birds, eastern long-necked turtles, yabbies and other small native animals and insects to the area. “This wetland is very important” said Michael Chambers, Environment and Sustainable Co-ordinator at Parkes Shire Council; “Apart from Bushman Dam, it is the only area of water in our urban setting.”
The planting project will be ongoing for two hours every month with the involvement of Parkes High School and Currajong Disability Services. Anyone wishing to join this worthwhile community project can contact Marg on 6862 4914 for more information.
By Maggi Barnard