CONNECTING WITH COMMUNITY
This year, we have focussed on engaging our community through our community projects and events like the National Tree Day and National School’s Tree Day planting days in the Kongwak Pioneer Reserve and informative stalls at Inverloch Kongwak Primary School's The Great Fete the Korumburra Helping Hand's launch and the Kongwak Market.
We have spread the landcare joy using our newly created booklets, flyers and stickers, updated website, creatively packaged seeds and tubestock both grown by our group and donated by Wonthaggi Seed Bank & Nursery. It has also been great fun having our nesting box display with the pole cameras so that people get to peek inside.
These events have given us lots of great opportunities to chat, connect and educate.
WILDLIFE NESTING BOXES
The CVA citizen Science project - or Wildlife Nesting Box project continues with Jane Taylor conducting surveys and collecting a new set of observations from 129 nesting boxes.
The project has led to an on-going relationship with the Men’s Shed in Wonthaggi and the plan for KHLG promote and sell nesting boxes as habitat for birds and animals. You can place an order via our website: click here
REVEGETATING THE LANDSCAPE
There were 3 Landcare Victoria Grants planting projects along the Foster Creek this year, which contributed over 5000 indigenous plants to the creek system stabilising the banks, providing habitat for wildlife and promoting biodiversity.
Bass Coast Landcare Network's Nursery also provided their annual allocation of 2000 plants which were distributed between our members to infill existing reveg sites and individually plant out smaller pockets of land.
Planet Ark also funded 2100 plants which were planted and guarded by the Kongwak Community and Kongwak Primary School in the Kongwak Pioneer Reserve for National Tree Days plantings, part of our "Love your Reserve" project.
Next year we are hoping to engage more local farmers in re-vegetative practices along our creeks - if you are interested to know more contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maybe we will also move toward a sustainable practice of collecting /swapping seed and growing local plants within the group.
This could be a great collective activity and would create a robust cycle of re-vegetation.
Thank you to all who worked with us collaboratively or via various means of support throughout the year including:
Bass Coast Landcare Network, Planet Ark, Kongwak Fire Brigade, Kongwak Pioneer Reserve, Wonthaggi Seed Bank & Nursery, South Gippsland Sentinel-Times, South Gippsland Shire Council, ABC Gippsland, Phillip Island & San Remo Advertiser, Inverloch Kongwak Primary School, H & F Custom Joinery, Wonthaggi Men's Shed, Korumburra - Staying Strong, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action, Korumburra Landcare Group, Drift Media, Bold Photography, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, Bass Coast Tree Care, Jane Taylor, Dallas Wyatt, Gio Fitzpatrick.