More than 30 people of all ages took part in the first planting at PAC Park on Saturday. The Motley Crew of volunteers planted over 1,100 plants on the banks of the waterway which will provide support for the banks as the water rises and falls, decreasing the likelihood of erosion. The Motley Crew was formed as an initiative of Central West Lachlan Landcare (CWLL) and Parkes Shire Council to undertake local projects to improve the environment and promote community ownership and awareness.
Parkes Shire Council received funding to undertake rehabilitation works in the PAC Park area. The waterway in PAC Park provides a habitat for native birds, frogs, fish, grasses and sedges. To many members of the community PAC Park is a hidden gem and a common walkway for residents. The work that was completed on Saturday will make a major contribution to the beautification of the area.
Chairperson for CWLL, Margot Jolly said; “We were thrilled to have so many people in attendance at the first Motley Crew event. It was particularly good to have such a broad age group of people there.” Participants don’t need to have any skills, just a willingness to support each other, enjoy being outdoors and making a difference in the community. It is planned that the volunteers will now partake in monthly ‘social planting’ events. If people are unable to plant and would just like to be part of the morning as an encourager or overseer, you would be more than welcome to attend.
The event ended with morning tea of scones, cupcakes and a cup of tea or coffee with kids scrambling for Easter eggs before they melted! If you would like to join the next Motley Crew event, please contact Marg Applebee on 02 6862 4914 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
By Maggi Barnard