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Plant trees, eat for free! National Tree Day, 10 am Sunday July 29 2012

Southern Otway Landcare and the Otway Coast Committee will be using National Tree Day on July 29th to revegetate a site on the foreshore at Apollo Bay. The replanting of this site almost didn’t happen. In 2011, Southern Otway Landcare and the Otway Coast Committee received funding to revegetate an area of the Apollo Bay foreshore to the south of the Marriner’s Lookout Road. The project was designed to reduce the impact of woody weeds (e.g. Coast Tea-Tree), invasive grasses and to beautify the recently constructed and heavily used walking track. Just weeks after receiving funding approval through the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority’s Small Coastal Grants program in June 2011, Apollo Bay was hit by a two day storm surge event.  High tides, strong winds and a massive ocean swell combined to all but wash away the site.        

Over the past year, the Otway Coast Committee has been working to remediate the damage. Southern Otway Landcare are now finally able to prepare the foreshore for planting to the north of the Marriner’s Lookout Rd. Over the coming weeks, weeds will be removed and mulch laid. The first wave of planting volunteers, students from the Apollo Bay P-12 College,  will wash over the site on Schools Tree Day on Friday July 27. Conservation Volunteers Australia will join the wider community as they complete planting on Sunday July the 29th.

Southern Otway Landcare encourages all community members to come down to the carpark opposite Marriner’s Lookout Road from 10am on Sunday the 29th of July. Southern Otway Landcare team leader Mr Quenton Gay describes this as “the most high profile Landcare site of 2012” and is pleased that the community will be supported by Conservation Volunteers Australia. A free lunch will be provided to all participants.

~ by SOLN on July 11, 2012 .

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