More progress on the Weeping Lilly Pilly Riparian Rainforest Restoration at Frank Robinson Park

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

Working Bee at Frank Robinson Park – Sunday 15th July 2018

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 sustainingwilliamsvalley@gmail.com or phone/text Judy on 0411 258 257 or Dianne on 0408 113 468.

Renewable Energy

In December 2017 members from SWV Inc attended the Community Renewable Energy Toolkit Workshop run by ARENA and Frontier Impact Group.  This sparked a conversion that we wish to pursue further with a view to starting our own Community Owned Renewable Energy project in Dungog.   We are working with the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub on an education event for the Dungog Community which is planned for  August 2018.

See Resources for reference information covered in the workshop.

 

Weeping Lilly Pilly Riparian Rainforest Restoration at Frank Robinson Park

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.

 

 

 

First Workshop a Success

The first workshop hosted on 24 June by Sustaining the Williams Valley, Our River and Rainforest, proved a huge success. With around 70 people in attendance, people were treated to three exceptional presentations, an excellent lunch, and a visit to Fosterton Road to see riverside restoration in-situ.

The first speaker, noted environmentalist and philosopher Glenn Albrecht, recounted the words that he has come up with to describe people who love different aspects of place and nature. Glenn is known for coining the term ‘solastalgia’, the feelings of sadness or distress caused by environmental change, and he was able to elaborate extensively on this in terms of how people react to negative environment impacts around them.

Up second was Skye Moore from Local Land Services Hunter, with a fascinating presentation on the history of impacts on the Williams River since the arrival of Europeans. And thirdly was forest expert Alex King, who described many of the various trees that naturally occur in our district, and led the on-site visit following lunch.

Our thanks to our three presenters, the Settlers Arms for the great food, and to everyone who gave up their Saturday to attend.

Our River and Rainforest Free Workshop

Come along to a free workshop to hear:

  • Glenn Albrecht: Renowned environmental speaker and
    local bird enthusiast who will be inspiring us about our
    local flora & fauna
  • Skye Moore, environmentalist, will talk about the Williams
    River past and present and river corridor projects in the
    upper catchment.

Then come with us to visit a local resident’s unique
rainforest planting along the Williams River to look at 15
years of riverbank restoration work and listen to:

  • Alex King, rainforest specialist, will talk about rainforest
    restoration and its importance as habitat.

When: Saturday 24 June, 10am–3.30pm
Where: Dungog Festival Lounge, 224 Dowling St, Dungog,
followed by site visit near Frank Robinson Park,
Stroud Hill Rd, Dungog.
Cost: Free (and lunch provided)

Bookings essential: Register at EventBrite
Or contact Judy: 0411 258257

Working bee progress

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