The community is invited to help the banks of the Towamba River recover after the devastating Black Summer bushfires.
An upcoming Green Shoots day of tree planting, kayaking and environmental education sessions will bring life back to the river in Kiah this month.
Bega Valley Shire Council’s Council’s environmental education officer Natalie Ryan said the bushfires burnt much of the riverbank trees and groundcover species, both of which help stabilise the riverbank and prevent erosion.
She said a recent survey and community drop-in session helped council get community feedback on where residents would like to see post-bushfire environmental restoration carried out.
“We chose the Towamba River site as most people wanted planting along the riverbank and it’s a popular and well-used location locally, which means the community can watch the plants grow over time,” she said.
“Our surveys revealed the community is interested in learning more about the ‘what now’ in the environment after fire.
“For example, what stages of growth will we see? How will we deal with weeds? Will the black wattle stay? Where are the animals and when will some of them come back?”
The tree planting session will be supported by an environmental education walk and talk by botanical expert Jackie Miles and Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness member David Jenkins will discuss bird life while kayaking with the support of Kiah Wilderness Tours.
“Other members of Atlas of Life will carry out an environmental survey on the different species in the area and show the community its new interactive platform, iNatulralist,” Ms Ryan said.
“This is a great app for recording sightings of plants and animals which is a particularly useful resource to use now when our environment is going through so much change.”
She said the day of planting and education will allow community members the opportunity to come together, learn more about their environment and be involved with its regeneration.
The Kiah Green Shoots Day will be on Saturday, 19 June from 9:30 am to 2 pm at Towamba River, Hazelnut Drive, Kiah.
There will be a free morning tea from 9:30 am as well as the walk and talk and kayak tour, before a free barbeque lunch starts at noon and tree planting runs from 12:30 pm.
Bring sturdy walking shoes and sun protection, a water bottle and a keep cup if you have one. If you are kayaking, wear lightweight trousers.