Come to the Riverbank – Bring a FORK and a fork!

December 15, 2009

Do you have some spare time on Saturday December 19? Vision 20/ 20 will be having a working bee to spread some mulch and plant some shrubs at the junction of Hall’s Creek and the Gwydir and would love other interested community members to attend and assist. It is the second stage of the river bank stabilization work that has been supported by two CMA grants.

The Hall’s Creek project, though not a part of the Bingara Riverscape project will compliment the other very well and make for an attractive and functional area at the northern end of the town.

This area at the junction of Halls Creek has been restored, and now is ready for planting.

Last week a contractor from Inverell working with SoilCon, reshaped the bank on the southern side of the Hall’s Creek junction. Weed trees were removed along with some previously dumped rubbish, and the slope re-inforced by several layers of rock and then battered to give an even and workable slope.

On the 19th two sessions will be conducted to spread mulch on the new surface and to make the first plantings to bind and beautify the bank. GSC will provide water to the site to assist in establishing the plants.

Anyone wishing to help can come along from 7.00am to 10.00am or from 5.00pm to 8.00pm. “Bring a garden fork or shovel with you,” said V2020 President Frances Young. “and if you can be there at 7.30pm, bring an eating fork and join us for a meal and a drink.” “We look forward to explaining what is planned for the site, which overlooks one of the most beautiful stretches of water in the region, how fortunate Bingara is to have this located at the end of our main street!” “Young people are especially invited to come along and add your inspiration, muscle and energy to the project,” Frances said.

Plants along the bank and within the fenced area at the base of the slope will be varieties linked to the native flora of the area. “One of the features of this site is the wonderful variety of birds that are attracted there,”  commented Jill Herring, project coordinator. “Our choice of plants will provide food and shelter for some of them and also provide a frame and a “blind” to enable them and the water birds beyond to be observed,” she concluded.

For more information about the working bee please contact Frances or V2020 Publicity Officer, Rick Hutton on 0428 255 380.