Singleton Shire Landcare Network committed to Col Fisher park

Community takes interest in the geology and plants of Col Fisher park in Singleton

Singleton Shire Landcare Network committed to Col Fisher park

Community takes interest in the geology and plants of Col Fisher park in Singleton

Reaching Out -

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The issue

Singleton Shire Landcare Network (SSLN) has a long history and connection with Col Fisher Park in Hunterview, Singleton.  In 2003, Singleton Council offered the then unnamed site to the Landcare group as a shared project.  The park is regarded as a local treasure due to the stand of significant, rare and endangered River Red Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis)

Over the years, SSLN held working bees to improve native vegetation and to plant additional River Red Gums grown from local seed.  In 2015, a shelter and large interpretive sign for the community with flora and fauna of the park was constructed thanks to SSLN.  

SSLN is in need of some new members to reinvigorate Landcare in the Park.  Weeds are increasing and native vegetation is being threatened by the invasive species.  

 

The solution

The Local Landcare Coordinator applied for a $1000 grant through Regional Australia Bank to purchase equipment to be used for working bees at the park and to establish a new 'Friends of' Landcare group as part of SSLN.  SSLN also refurbished the Landcare trailer and it is now fitted out with an extensive range of useful tools ready for community use.

To gain the attention of the local community and bring them to the park, SSLN held the 'Rockin' the Park Event which focused on geology, flora and fauna of the park.

 

The impact

Over 30 people attended the event with the local Scouts group and leaders and local residents.  

Local geology student, Travis, from Newcastle University explained how Ikaite morphed into a glendonite (millions of years ago), the star shaped stone he was holding and took us on a walk to discover them for ourselves. 

After homemade morning tea, the group was introduced to the native flora, fauna and identification of weed species. Everyone selected gloves and tools and collected weeds and rubbish to help make the park a better place.

This is the first of a series of events that Landcare will hold at the park to continue the Landcare tradition and form a group dedicated to looking after the environment of the park and the creek feeding into the Hunter River.

 

 

Key facts

  • Regional Australia Bank Funds helped Landcare purchase equipment for working bees.
  • Community event was a success.
  • There is renewed community interest in the environment of Col Fisher Park.

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