On Friday 1 November we were privileged to have 20 staff from Veolia Australia and New Zealand come from Sydney to participate in one of their Bushcare days. Bethany King, a Gully Traditional Owner and the daughter of David King, organised this event. She combined her deep connection with country and her role as Human Resources Coordinator at Veolia.
In a tremendous effort on a very hot day the staff planted 400 native seedlings in an area previously cleared with the help of the BMCC urban weeds program. These seedlings were provided by Wildplant Rescue and include ferns and shrub layer plants. They continued then to rehabilitate a soak area further on the site.
The Gully Traditional Owners, the Upper Kedumba Bushcare Group and Bushcare are very grateful for this help to accelerate the restoration of the natural environment at Upper Kedumba.
On Saturday 4 May, David arrived with a collection of native plants recovered from his property in Narrow Neck Rd – all with local provenance. Being a cool sunny day good for planting, the plants were very suitable to go into the area recently setup with gully control structures. The planting area which was very heavily grassed needed to be slashed with a grass trimmer before planting. With Jane, Karen & Kate working hard we managed to get all the plants in by knock-off time.
Plants: Hakea dactyloides, Eucalyptus oreades, Dianella tasmanica, Leptospermum polygalifolium, Knobbly Club Rush
Jane, Phil & David ventured out this misty, wet Saturday morning and it was decided that the best thing to do in the circumstances was to plant some Blechnum ferns. Planting in these conditions will hopefully ensure a good strike rate for the plants
We had the pleasure of meeting two nearby residents out walking their Great Danes. They expressed an interest in becoming involved at Upper Kedumba.
A fine, sunny day greeted the many enthusiastic people who arrived at Upper Kedumba bushcare site on our native bee pollinator day. A very busy and productive time saw a number of different native bee habitats installed which will be observed with interest over time. Many thanks to all those that attended who made it such a great morning.
Come and join the Upper Kedumba Bushcare Group for a fun morning on Saturday 3 December 2016 between 8.30 and 12.30pm, and help enhance the Upper Kedumba area as a native bee friendly environment.
Our aim is to develop a holiday village for our little bee friends.
In this exciting new adventure for our group, we will bee building four different types of bee hotels. Classics such as Honeymoon Hotel, Swarm Inside, Beehome Soon and Beehive Yourself.
All lifestyle suites catered for the discerning pollinator.
As different species of native bees prefer different styles of accommodation, there will bee other types installed, such as high rise bee-bamboo, bee-nests and bee-blocks.
There will also be some landscaping, planting multi-coloured flowering natives, so they never have to go without some bloomin’ blossoms.
All materials will be provided, so we encourage volunteers to help out on the day, or just come along to see the diverse collection of structures being created and installed.
After that, sit back, relax and join us for a cuppa and cake, feeling you have been a good property developer with a warm fuzzy feeling inside and a buzzy feeling outside and knowing you have helped set in train the establishment of a bee-utiful environment.
Another beautiful summer’s day greeted us for our last day of the year. We were pleased to see Paul Vale and Lesley Sammon along to assist with weeding and watering our newly planted trees. It is also pleasing to see that these plants are growing well and will hopefully survive through what looks likely to be a very hot summer.
Phillip on brushcutter duties
Timber! another one down in Upper Kedumba
Why gloves should always be worn in bushcare work
First aid in action!
The offending object
Thanks to Karen for hosting a very enjoyable end-of-year lunch.
400 Native Trees Planted!
45 Volunteers show that many hands make light work.
The weather gods smiled and the threatened rain did not eventuate on Sunday morning. Instead a glorious spring morning enabled the task to be completed on time and in time to enjoy a cuppa and delicious lunch under the trees outside the Gully Heritage Centre.
This work should be of great benefit to the Gully Catchment Area and give impetus to the group’s work in this area.
Many thanks to all the volunteers who participated.