Volunteers Invaluable For Foreshore Planting


Volunteer groups working with Bass Coast Shire Council have put in another great effort revegetating foreshore reserves in 2014.

Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, said early October saw the last of the programmed working bees set aside for revegetating the Shire’s foreshore reserves.

“The volunteers have put in a terrific effort, getting about 10,000 plants in the ground!” Cr Rankine said.

“Revegetation isn’t the only activity the volunteer groups are involved in.

“The groups are busy all year round with other activities such as weed control, rubbish collection and revegetation site maintenance.

“They also apply for grants for small infrastructure projects such as boardwalks, walking tracks, bird housing and recreational facilities which greatly enhance and protect the environment.”

In addition to the scheduled volunteer working bees, groups also took parts in two National Tree Day planting events, contributing 1,500 plants towards the grand total of 10,000.

Planning for next years season will soon commence, with Council working with each volunteer group to determine which sites to consider for revegetation.

These sites will be planted with indigenous plants, which may vary for each individual site depending on the nature of the surrounds.

Plants used are a mix of trees, shrubs, grasses and creepers which are collected and grown locally.

Council ensures plant species used still allow the community to enjoy the view and enhance our foreshores.

“Council has a lot to be thankful for with very active groups in most foreshore and bushland reserves,” Cr Rankine said.

“These groups are always looking for new members to share the outdoors with and if you are interested in joining a group or finding out if there is a group active in your area, please visit Council’s website.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers for their fantastic effort this year!”

For any further information, please contact Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, or visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au.