Landcare Week is 2nd to 8th September 2013, and celebrates the people, places and projects all over Australia who are making a difference.
Landcarers everywhere are working together to maintain the health of their local environments, but the time has come for everyone to help maintain the balance of L.I.F.E by becoming involved and thinking about their actions each and every day and the impact they have.
On Thursday 8 August, Helensburgh & District Landcare Group was very grateful to receive assistance from a team from Conservation Volunteers Australia. The team battled rain, cold and slushy mud to work on removing weeds, branches and rubbish from the old Helensburgh Railway Station, and adjacent cutting and Heritage tunnel.
Conservation Volunteers Australia was founded in 1982 and now, each year, involves over 10,000 volunteers, plants 1 million trees and trains 1,000 groups and individuals. All of this is possible thanks to the dedication of volunteers and partnerships with the community, government and business.
Helensburgh & District Landcare Group members have worked at the Old Station site since 1994. We supervised the removal of the decades of sediment which was covering the old station platform and halfway up the tunnel. Members have restored the old Helensburgh Station sign, laid track which was donated by Metropolitan Colliery, and spent many hours on weed removal and assisted regeneration of the surrounds. Unfortunately our member numbers have dwindled due to members moving out of the area or becoming involved in other activities. As a result we are unable to keep up with the maintenance of the site and were very happy to accept the offer of a Conservation Volunteer team for a day.
We are always keen to hear from people who would like to become members of Landcare and help with weeding, planting and rubbish removal. For more information check out our website or connect with us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/helensburghlandcare.