Planting near the Huon Creek Foot-bridge 28 July 2015
Preparation: The Wodonga Council provided and spread some mulch for us. The event was registered with Planet Ark and Jacob Toyota donated some plants and other equipment for our Tree Day and ongoing work in the Reserve. Our group is comprised by seven local volunteers who really appreciate the support of the Wodonga Council, Jacob Toyota, the Wodonga Catholic College and a local Green Army.
Here is our equipment in preparation for our year 9 Catholic College workers.
Working with the Wodonga Catholic College students and teacher
Students and the teacher even worked again after morning tea
Toyota staff are a great asset.
The Green Army was working elsewhere in the Reserve but joined us for morning tea
Schools Tree Day Event: Clyde Cameron Reserve Group
Coordinator Bruce Nulty
The Clyde Cameron Reserve Group has been working with Wodonga Catholic College students to create a Biolinks corridor along House Creek in the Reserve for about 18 months. A friend from another landcare group (Jenni Huber) encouraged me to register a Schools Tree Day Activity. It was easy to register on the Planet Ark Site and the Local Toyota representative (Susie) was enthusiastic. Other group members were agreeable so I registered a Private event for our normal Monday morning work with the Wodonga Catholic College students. Our plan was to plant on the day and continue planting on subsequent Mondays. I was not present on the day and Ross organised the activity.
Work Organiser: Ross Sceriha We have just tidied up after a very successful morning planting various grasses and trees along a section of the creek in the Clyde Cameron Reserve.
A dozen or so enthusiastic Catholic College year 9 boys planted approximately 40 plants, installed tree guards and gave them a good drink of water to get them off to a good start in improving our local environment – for both animals and people. A big thanks to the following people for making sure it all went well – Susie Quihampton representing Toyota and Michael Power on behalf of the City of Wodonga for providing us with a great selection of suitable plants and a stack of tree guards and stakes (we will continue to plant the remainder of the stock over the next few weeks). To teacher Kieran Mullins and the great bunch of Catholic College students for getting the job done today – and will continue to do for the rest of the year. Also thanks to resident Sandy Kaitler who helped get everything organized and worked alongside the students. Our patch of creek is really starting to look good and we are receiving positive feedback from locals who wander through this part of town. We will be down there again next Monday with the students to continue the task. A very rewarding morning!
School Representative: Kieran Mullins
On the 29th July 2013, a group of 15 year 9 boys took part in the annual School’s Tree Day down at the Clyde Cameron Reserve, Wodonga. This coincided with their regular visits to the reserve and marked a significant achievement for not only the Clyde Cameron Reserve Group, but also for the area itself.
As part of the Rite Journey Program in year 9, students get the opportunity to make a real difference in their local community. The boys really look forward to this opportunity and this was shown on the day with the hard work they put into planting new trees into the area. This has been a fantastic initiative by the Clyde Cameron Reserve Group and a rewarding partnership over the years between our school and the local community. Toyota Representative: Susie Quihampton It was fantastic to receive a call from Bruce Nulty regarding National Tree Day as I had just finished organising a tree planting day at a local Primary School when Bruce rang. Word had travelled via Jill Dawson that Jacob Toyota were once again supporting the event. So our budget was split between the two groups but unfortunately I could not split my time as one day out and about planting was all I was allocated, so my apologies for my brief drop off of plants, tree day merchandise and stakes etc.
I amazed how peaceful and beautiful the reserve was as I had not walked through before. Ross explained the groups progress to date and plans for the future, what a wonderful project you all are involved in, you all should be congratulated. If I receive confirmation from Toyota Australia and Planet Ark that Toyota will be contributing next year I will make sure to be in contact again.
Clyde Cameron Reserve Group Report 14 May 2013 The reserve is from the Pearce Street Bridge to the Foot Bridge. The trees the Corporation planted 30 years ago with House Creek in the distance. CCReserve is a flood plain. This is what the bank of House Creek Looked like when we started. One of the first sections we mulched and planted. We had help from the Wodonga Catholic College students and Teachers. Wodonga Catholic College girls too About 80% survival of our plants even during the 2012/13 hot dry summer. One key to our success in working with the Wodonga Catholic College is preparation. We catered for a large group of students when the other half was away camping. Jill Dawson the facilitator of the Biolinks1 Project, proved that cardboard under the mulch is more efficient than sheets of newspaper. We have the Catholic students for an hour, once per week during term time. So, we get down there before they arrive and get organised. We also often have another hour each week slashing and poisoning to prepare the next section. According to Ali this is not a sand slug because it is unlikely to move with new water flows.There is a willow in the middle of the stream which collects this sand. We are attempting to create a bio-links corridor along House Creek and arrest the erosion of the bank. Evidence of a tree holding the bank is right here.
This growth should be progressively holding the bank.
A new estate is a potential “lateral problem” in that it will increase the run-off and a potential “asset” because new people are potential supporters.
Conclusion: I said in my Living Lightly article that we are a small group working to rehabilitate a small section of our planet but we are encouraged by this quote from Ghandi: “People who think small things do not matter have never slept with a mosquito”