Newsletter – January 2017

Walkers in Wybejong Park have been cooling down next to a gurgling stream, green grass and flourishing bush plants.  Such a treat in January!  The Parks Victoria logo Healthy Parks Healthy People should add Happy Dogs.
At our last working bee three volunteers cut and poisoned the gorse regrowth on our south side frontage off River Gum Road. This included gorse around an elm tree with a honey bee hive in its base by a volunteer in her bee suit in 36 degree heat! Also paths were mowed, plants watered and weeded, then we lingered over morning tea at the picnic bench in the shade of the elms and oaks.
We have  been advised by Melbourne Water that our grant applications for 2017 were successful. We will get $1000 for fees and subscriptions, website update and administrative costs. And $1260 for weed control and creek side plants for the south side River Gum Road frontage, and for repainting, de-rusting and graffiti tag removal on the quarry steps.

We employed a local excavator contractor to extend the concrete pipe near the Somerville Lane entrance to the Park.  The drain was cleaned up and it functioned well in the Big Downpour in early January. Now, at the end of the laneway, the CFA and other big vehicles can turn left into the Park without having to do a complicated turn.

Greening of Riddell working bees are held on the first Saturday of the month, from 9:30 am till lunch time with a morning tea break.  I’m always amazed at how much a small group of people can accomplish. Feel free to come and join us.

If you wish to contact Greening of Riddell, our email address is greeningriddell@gmail.com and our postal address is PO Box 142, Riddells Creek, Victoria, 3431

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