Major bush restoration day for Wooditjup Bilya

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Nature Conservation's Lauren Scanlon with Undalup Association's Zac Webb.
Camera IconNature Conservation's Lauren Scanlon with Undalup Association's Zac Webb. Credit: Trevor Paddenburg

Resident green thumbs and everyone keen to help the region’s environment are being asked to muster this week.

Nature Conservation Margaret River Region’s biggest annual planting day kicks off on Thursday with site preparations ahead of the main planting of more than 2000 seedlings on Sunday, May 26.

It was a major push for the region’s peak environmental group and co-ordinator Lauren Scanlon said every hand was needed.

“This is the big one,” she said.

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“We need all hands on deck from our amazing community.”

“We need your help at either the site preparation session or the big planting day – or both. Everyone is welcome and there are volunteer roles to suit all age and fitness levels.”

Thursday’s effort would include Undalup Association’s Wadandi rangers, Nature Conservation’s bush regeneration team alongside the Friends of Wooditjup Bilya river restorers.

Helpers were needed to clear the way for major work on Sunday which would be opened by a Welcome to Country from traditional custodian Zac Webb.

Ms Scanlon said Mr Webb would provide “a fascinating insight into the Wadandi connection to the river and its wildlife, and how they live alongside and nurture the Wooditjup Bilya”.

“This is an amazing chance for the community to come along and hear from Zac speak, and learn from and connect with Wadandi country and culture,” she said.

“It’s also an awesome opportunity to come along, get your hands dirty, plant some seeds and trees, build community, have a ball and learn from some of our region’s most knowledgeable bush regeneration and conservation gurus.”

Last year’s session harnessed more than 100 willing workers and an even bigger effort was sought this year for the Friends of Wooditjup Bilya program.

The revegetation efforts are part of six years of riparian restoration along the Margaret River near Kevill River Reserve to link two existing sites including a wildlife corridor.

The work would widen the existing buffer zone and improve water quality for the native birds and animals calling the four hectare site home.

To register, visit www.natureconservation.org.au.

Registration was crucial for receiving instructions along with a parking map via email prior to the event.

Morning tea will be provided and helpers are asked to bring weather protection, hat, water bottle and gloves and a trowel if possible.

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