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    PCCI Planting Day at the drain

    Posted on: 1 June 2019

    New Volunteers and members of the SEA’s Member Groups joined the Conservation Volunteers at Nuns beach to participate planting out the stormwater drain. The day was funded by the Glenelg Hopkins CMA and the Glenelg Shire Council through the Victorian Landcare Grants Program and the Glenelg Shire Council’s community grants program. Over 500 local plants were planted into the sandy soil as part of an integrated approach to managing the storm water drain run off and improving the biodiversity values of the habitat at the site. Essential food and shelter plants were planted as part of the SEA’S biodiversity revegetation, regeneration and engagement alliance project.

    Biochar was placed into the holes of all the plants that were planted on the north side of the drain. This experiment will be both interesting and exciting to observe in the coming months and years.

    A biochar sock funded by the Glenelg Shire Council was installed by Helen Phillips from Triple R Biochar. The biochar sock is a new and exciting project that has been set up to investigate the capacity of biochar as a filter, to remove storm water run off pollutants. This is an exciting project space and one the SEA will provide regular updates on as they filter through.

    Lee Morgan performed earth songs (along with a few requests) as our participants enjoyed volunteering in nature. Local Naturalist Vivien Holyoake delivered an interesting and informative talk on birds of Nuns beach and a splendid afternoon tea was enjoyed by all.

    Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped out at PCCI events and working bees over the years.

    Sadly the PCCI has been unable to attract enough new committee members to move forward with applying for funding for any new projects. Projects such as the storm water drain project are only made possible by dedicated volunteers who attend meetings and plan events. Support is provided to these groups however, active participation from the community in a committee is the key ingredient to success. If you would like to be involved in planning a new project and joining the committee to lead, record or manage small projects, now is the time to speak up.

    If your interested you can call Debbie on 0439 550 244

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