Barkers Creek Landcare & Wildlife Group – Helping the Neighbours
Members of the Barkers Creek Landcare & Wildlife group aren’t afraid to lend a hand when a neighbour needs help. The group takes pride in its ability to look after the local bush as well each other – and to have fun doing it.
The group’s secretary Kirsten Hutchison says that they don’t have a fixed roster for working on each other’s properties, but when a member needs help with a problem like gorse or blackberry infestations then they organise a working bee for them. The group also works on a couple of public land reserves.
“Last year we were able to help a couple of members to clean up around their place after they had had a tough year with illness. We did follow up spraying Blackberry Control along Barkers Creek, planting of indigenous riparian understorey species also along the creek and even helped out with a bit of general gardening! It was really great to be able to help them out during a difficult time.”
Kirsten believes that Landcare is all about helping each other to improve the local environment. “We have cleaned up lots of historically dumped rubbish in the Harcourt Bushland Reserve on Peelers Rd, Barkers Creek and are now working to revegetate the old rubbish tip. High threat weed control throughout the Reserve is an ongoing job for the group”.