If you ever spend time enjoying the Bega River Walungari Trail, you’re invited to join in a special working bee coming up on Sunday, February 24, from 10am until 12.30pm.
Following the success of Bega River Day last November, a mini festival to celebrate what’s been achieved so far, Bega River Sundays are a follow up series of four working bees to be held quarterly and enable new volunteers to help the work of BRAWL (Bega River and Wetlands Landcare).
There will be one Sunday morning working bee held each season to provide an opportunity for busy families to come along, help plant and weed as well as learn about the local environment with an education officer on hand with prepared activities for children of different ages.
“We got the message loud and clear during River Day that more people would like to help us take care of these important public spaces and habitats but our current working bee program on the first Monday of the month is not very convenient for many with family and work commitments,” said Chris Allen, BRAWL chairperson.
Thanks to a community environment grant from the Bega Valley Shire Council, River Sundays will not only have an educational program for children but also the support of re-vegetation contractors to maximise volunteer efforts over a few hours.
“If enough people come along for just a couple of hours, it will make a very real difference to one of the river sites with potentially hundreds of new plantings going in and some very necessary weeding after all the rain, call it a Bega River blitz,” Mr Allen said.
The project starts with a Summer River Sunday scheduled for February 24 from 9.45am for a 10am start through to 12.30 when everyone’s invited to join in a communal lunch.
“Bring your kids, pack a picnic and I’m sure you will enjoy the chance to do good, feel good and learn about the local ecology," BRAWL coordinator Erin Moon said
"I would just like to point out that while there will be activities for kids, parents will still need to be responsible for their children.”
Sturdy shoes, hats and sun protection are highly recommended and bring your own gardening gloves if you can, but all other tools and materials will be provided. Meet at the River Reserve picnic area at the bottom of Auckland St. For further information, contact Erin Moon by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.