After 33 years, Phillip Island Landcare Group is excited to finally have a home to store their resources.
The group’s recently acquired caravan used on planting days and for exhibitor/expo events was the driving force behind the construction. Other items the new shed will store include tree planters, guards and stakes and it will also proudly display Landcare memorabilia and honour boards. It may also provide a venue for committee meetings in the warmer months.
The completion of the shed was a true community effort. It all started in 2019, when Phillip Island Nature Parks kindly offered a site at the Koala Conservation Reserve and then provided further support by managing and financing the required planning permit.
The shed sits amongst beautiful gums 100 metres from Barb Martin Bushbank community plant nursery which is currently closed to the public in line with restrictions.
“Being so close to Bushbank will offer opportunities for the Nature Parks and our group to share resources to the benefit of both parties,” said David Rooks Group President of Landcare.
“Landcare members who pick up plants from the Bushbank will now have access to a variety of guards and stakes from our stores.”
A successful grant of $12,650 from the Bendigo Bank provided the necessary funds for the shed’s construction. A further community grant of $3,500 from Bass Coast Shire Council provided funding for signage, shelving, plumbing and site preparation.
Initial construction work saw the site levelled by long time farmers and Landcare committee members Ian McFee and Richie Davie. The Nature Parks again chipped in and supplied a few day’s labour from their building team to bring the shed to frame stage.
Finally, a number of individuals provided further assistance to complete the build. Clem Fries (local roof plumber) and Daren Dempsey (local builder) volunteered their time and worked with committee members to sheet the walls and roof the shed.
“We can’t thank the community around us enough. The Nature Parks, Bendigo Bank and Council have all shown a huge interest in our group. The shed increases our capacity to deliver on our group’s mission; to encourage sustainable agricultural land-use, business practices and lifestyles, and promote the conservation and restoration of native biodiversity on Phillip Island and throughout Victoria,” David said.
A grand opening is planned for Sunday 29 November 2020 subject to easing of restrictions. It is hoped to be an auspicious occasion with good food, people, speeches and music. We look forward to inviting everyone in the community that touches our group. Further details to come.
Those interested in knowing more about the Phillip Island Landcare Group or who wish to join can visit https://www.basscoastlandcare.org.au/phillipisland.html.
Membership enquiries can be made direct to Robyn or Thirza on 0417 106 361 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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