Broulee Public School students are among the latest to join in with Landcare activities throughout the Eurobodalla – adding lots of smiles to the mix of sunshine, soil, and seeds that normally makes Landcare tick.
Landcare has been reshaping and restoring Australian environments and communities since the late 1980s. Rising from a groundswell of concerned citizens, including scientists, farmers and conservationists, Landcare aims to improve farm productivity while protecting and enhancing natural ecosystems at the same time.
And with interest and energy from the kids of Broulee that work rolls on.
The school’s ‘green team’ has been learning about growing their own food, making native bee hotels, and the importance of looking after native plants every fortnight with Eurobodalla Landcare Coordinator Emma Patyus.
“When people think of Landcare they often think of planting trees, but it’s much more than that,” Ms Patyus says.
“There’s no one size fits all. Local environmental issues can be anything from collecting litter, protecting a particular threatened species, fixing fences to keep stock out of waterways, assisting on rabbit baiting programs, maintaining a forest walk, treating beach weeds and building viewing platforms to keep people off sensitive vegetation.”
On top of the new recruits from Broulee Public, there are over 300 volunteers at work in the Eurobodalla and 60,000 nationwide.
“Groups set their own agenda, work on their projects as often as they like, and choose their own sites,” she says.
“Eurobodalla Landcare does a lot of work with schools and other community groups to spread our message and share our experiences in the local landscape so that students can go home and practice Landcare on a smaller scale – after all, every little bit counts!
“We are only able to achieve what we do through the inspiring contributions of the passionate individuals who make up our local Landcare movement.
“Their sense of stewardship, enduring commitment and deep appreciation for our natural environment is why Landcare exists today. And with 24 local groups there’s sure to be a group near you.”
To find out a group near you head to Council’s website or phone Landcare Coordinator Emma Patyus on 4474 7300.