Volunteers help tackle invasive weeds at Arthurs Seat
Thursday 3 May, 2012
Around 75 volunteers joined with staff from Parks Victoria and the Mornington Peninsula Shire recently, Saturday 14 April, for a major onslaught on invasive weeds at McLarens Dam at Arthurs Seat. The community working bee was part of the Victorian Government’s Urban Fringe Weed Management Initiative, to control weeds on public land in Melbourne’s outer urban areas.
Parks Victoria Ranger in Charge Georgia Kerr said the event was a huge success on a perfect Autumn day, with volunteers enjoying fabulous views from their hilltop vantage point as they worked.
“Members from around 15 volunteer groups across the Peninsula came along on the day, so it was wonderful to see such a large number of groups helping to support this important program to protect the native bush at Arthur’s Seat.
“The weeding was quite physical and the work was certainly hard going, but the group were so enthusiastic they were reluctant to stop for lunch and demanded to keep going!”
“We certainly couldn’t have asked for a more hardworking group; as a result of their extraordinary effort, around one hectare of Boneseed was cleared from the site on the day.
Matt Stahmer, Conservation Officer from Mornington Peninsula Shire said the working bee was a major boost to the ongoing program to manage weeds in the area.
“Invasive weeds, such as Boneseed, are a major threat to the native flora and fauna at Arthurs Seat. Boneseed grows quickly and reduces the regeneration of native trees and shrubs. The work achieved by the volunteers on Saturday is a fantastic environmental outcome for the area.”
Ms Kerr said the volunteers enjoyed the team spirit of working in such a large group and meeting other members.
“Due to the overwhelming support and enthusiasm from volunteers on the day well be looking at holding a similar day next year.”
The Department of Sustainability and the Environment (DSE) has allocated $550,000 on behalf of the State Government to the Arthurs Seat project with the Mornington Peninsula Shire contributing $120,000 to the four year project for follow up work. So far, Parks Victoria, DSE and Mornington Peninsula Shire have collectively delivered $200,000 of weed control since July 2010. Further weed work is planned in the Waterfall Gully and Cook Street and Kings Falls areas.
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