The Midweek Group is a few of us working around the creek on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from April to September.
We meet up with the lovely Tracey from Brimbank City Council early in the year and work out a schedule for us, but it can and usually does change from week to week if we see something that we think needs doing or if we want to be somewhere different. We sometimes removing guards from previous plantings or weeding or rubbish pick up whatever needs doing.
It is great to see sites improve, such as the conservation site off Norwood Street, in Albion, the one behind Arthur Beachley Reserve, and a lot of plantings at a few different sites in Cairnlea.
What are we doing?
Our main goal is to revegetate areas around the Kororoit creek back to their original state. This is because it helps with wildlife, the local ecology and it brings higher value and beauty to the local areas.
Why is it important?
It’s been shown that the environment people live in not only encourages healthy living for the local residents, but it increases the value of areas, provides much nicer areas to exercise and gives a retreat from the busy local roads.
Our maintenance activities are so important because once a plant is planted, without help the plants die. It’s our long-term commitment to the maintenance that has allowed these areas to flourish.
And because we just love doing something to help make the area a nicer place to live. We think that if the area was nicer, more people would use it!
We’ve been doing this since way back around 1999 and since then have gone out pretty much 2 times every month since then (during the cooler months, if it’s too hot then we take the day off).
Brimbank conservation staff help guide and assist us in our works to make sure that we take the best actions possible to protect the local environment.
What have we achieved so far?
Planting trees – we estimate that we plant over 300 plants per year. To date, that’s over 4,800 plants in total!
There have also been an estimated 1800 volunteer hours spent maintaining local areas. In monetary terms, with volunteer hours valued at $25 per hour, that’s $45,000 worth of labour put in by the mid-week team over the years. Not bad!