Working bees held on 3rd, 4th & 16th of November 2018 resulted in completing Stage 1 (planting of sun loving species) in Zones 1 and 2. Approximately 400 trees were planted with fertilizer, water crystals and then bagged and staked. Both zones were weeded targeting bidens and turkey rhubarb. It was a really great effort, thanks to dedicated volunteers. Here are some photos.
Sunday 15th July was a stunning day and thanks to the hard work from volunteers more progress was made on the Weeping Lilly Pilly Riparian Rainforest Restoration at Frank Robinson Park. Weeding was done around the plants with particular focus on removing Turkey Rhubarb. We’ve also started bagging the plants. It was encouraging to see that many of the plants have survived and were looking healthy.
The following day further primary work was done by BPA focusing on the large privet and volunteers finished staking and bagging plants.
So the status of the project thus far is:
- Primary Work – clearing, weed & sediment control done by Biological Preservation Australia – Zone 1 complete, Zone 2 to be done, Zone 3 partially complete
- Stage 1 – planting of sun loving species – in progress
- Stage 2 – planting of light shade species – scheduled for Spring 2018
- Stage 3 – planting of shade loving species – schedule depends on season and growth of other plants
The next working bee to progress our “Weeping Lilly Pilly Riparian Rainforest” project will be held on Sunday 15th July 2018 from 10am until 12.30pm at Frank Robinson Park, Dungog.
It will start with morning tea and an information session to talk about the project and the plans for the next stages of planting.
A working bee will follow for those who would like to help with maintenance and weeding. Please bring gloves and tools if you have them.
There will also be a chance to renew or take out membership of Sustaining the Williams Valley. Annual membership is $5.00 for individuals or $10.00 for a family. A membership form will be available on the day or at Membership.
Supervised children and dogs are welcome.
Any questions and/or to rsvp (for catering purposes) please contact Judy or Dianne at email@example.com or phone/text Judy on 0411 258 257 or Dianne on 0408 113 468.
Back in December 2017 work was carried out to install sediment fences and control the weeds on the project site. This was done in preparation for the first stage of the riparian restoration of the southern bank of the Williams River at Frank Robinson Park (see Weeping Lilly Pilly Riparian Rainforest Restoration at Frank Robinson Park under Projects & Activities).
In June 2018 a working bee was held under the expert guidance of Alex King from Biological Preservation Australia. We planted 400 rainforest species of trees, shrubs and rushes. The Dungog Chronicle came to see the progress Frank Robinson Park gets spruce-up.
Progress photos are below:
We plan to have another working bee to monitor the site and continue maintenance work.
Two working bees were held on 15th January and 19th February 2017. Both were a great success. A solid group of twenty plus turned up to give their time and energy beginning the process of restoring the Williams River and focusing favourite spot for people in Dungog – Frank Robinson Park.
The work involved weed clearing to get ready for new planting to compliment a new designated RV area that Dungog Council is planning. While the workers enjoyed a sausage sizzle, local business man Jim Olsen spoke to the group about his memories of growing up in Dungog when the park was a popular swimming spot with a diving board and even lights at night.
The Dungog Chronicle covered the second event The Sustaining the Williams Valley group’s first project at Frank Robinson Park is taking shape
The date of the first SWV working bee has been announced! It will be Sunday, 15 January, 2017, from 8am. You can read more about the event in the Dungog Chronicle, see http://www.dungogchronicle.com.au/story/4360699/local-beach-to-get-a-clean-up/?cs=410
Come along, join SWV, enjoy a free barbecue, and lend a hand to help restore this iconic Dungog river spot.