Huge effort for Clean Up Australia Day

Natasha from the Ergon Green Team supervising the sign-on. PHOTO: Nick Rains

Dawn Street Park in Bardon was transformed on Clean Up Australia Day by 135 keen volunteers who planted 1257 native plants, pulled masses of rubbish out of Ithaca Creek and did a substantial amount of weeding too.

The Green Team from Ergon Energy managed the sign-on, brought morning tea and worked hard on the clean up.

The Bardon Boy Scouts also collected huge amounts of rubbish.

With the election looming, we had lots of volunteers from all sides of politics. Everyone worked very hard and we appreciate your efforts.

A team from the local Ashgrove Fire Station came along to water the plants. It gave the plants a brilliant start in life!

With our Creek Ranger Emily Brash sidelined with a broken leg, neighbouring Creek Rangers Michael Thorley and Amanda Maggs managed the Little Bushcarers activities. The kids had heaps of fun.

Numerous locals also came along to contribute to the makeover of their local park. One even brought chocolates to thank the volunteers!

SOWN Director Rob Whyte, who has been preparing the site for several months, thanked everyone for pitching in.

“It was great to see the community get behind this restoration.

“SOWN has made Dawn Street our priority site for Ithaca Creek for 2012. So I encourage everyone to stay involved and come along to future events,” Rob said.

The event was supported by the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund.

PHOTO: Nick Rains

Robert Whyte getting the pump ready. PHOTO: Nick Rains

That’s a lot of plants
With 135 volunteers we planted 1257 in about an hour. PHOTO: Nick Rains

Cub scout distributing plants
PHOTO: Nick Rains

Local firefighters helped out
Firefighters watered the planting and cleaned out a few pots too. PHOTO: Nick Rains