By Monique Kuzeff
While Clyde Cameron Reserve Group (CCRG) was unable to partake in the national Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 5 March, that didn’t stop them from doing their part.
The Landcare volunteer group took to Wodonga’s Willow Park and Clyde Cameron Reserve on Thursday morning, along with two representatives from Jacob’s Toyota and 17 Catholic College Wodonga Year 9 students, to scope the grounds and do their bit.
They cleared rubbish at Willow Park’s skate park, before moving across the road to Clyde Cameron Reserve and finishing up with light refreshments and snacks provided by Jacob’s Toyota.
CCR Landcare volunteer group spokesperson John Broadfoot said that while they couldn’t be part of the national clean-up day, they still wanted to contribute and keep the Catholic College students involved with the continuity of the group’s projects.
“We meet on a regular basis with schoolkids once a week throughout school terms and it’s great to get them involved in projects that focus on caring for the environment and our creek system.
“We hope to have a look at what type of rubbish has been thrown away.
“With the clean-ups in the past it’s mainly been plastic food containers and plastic bottles but there’s always something interesting around like a care tyre or road sign, you just never know what you’ll come across.”
According to Mr Broadfoot each Landcare volunteer group in Wodonga has “possibly” saved the Wodonga Council some $100,000 annually through their voluntary efforts.
Since the CCR Landcare volunteer group formed in 2011 it has planted in excess of 6000 shrubs at Clyde Cameron Reserve, he said.
“Over five years our group has planted in excess of 6000 shrubs and recently we got involved with the sugar glider project and have had nest boxes installed along the creek verges at Clyde Cameron Reserve.
“We are made up of people who own properties that butt onto the reserve and we’ve worked with the Catholic College over the past five years to develop the creek embankment and look after the environment of the reserve.”
CCRG is part of the Wodonga Urban Landcare Network, which consists of 18 other volunteer Landcare groups in Wodonga. It is responsible for maintaining, beautifying, planting trees and shrubs along the House Creek frontage stretch between Pearce Street and Huon Creek Road in Wodonga.