Local residents get their hands dirty

Local Point Lonsdale residents and community members gathered together last Sunday morning, 20 August, to take part in The Point's annual community planting day.

Now in its second year, the event was hosted by residential property developer, Moremac Property Group in partnership with local environmental community group, the Bellarine Catchment Network.

Participants of all ages came together on a crisp winter's morning to plant a selection of more than 430 indigenous flora throughout the grounds of The Point, under the watchful eye of Craig Billows from the Bellarine Catchment Network.

Doug Vallance, Moremac Group Project Director, said the family friendly event was a huge success with almost 50 attendees coming along to lend a hand on the day.

"It was great to see so many familiar faces as well as new residents and community members pitch up to take part in our second annual community planting day.

"It was a fantastic opportunity for existing and future community members to meet, mingle, chat and get their hands dirty planting an array of vegetation on a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning," Mr Vallance said.

Bellarine Catchment Network, project coordinator Craig Billows said events such as the annual community planting day at The Point were great for engendering community spirit and stimulating interest in the local environment.

"Last Sunday's community planting day was a fantastic way to practically demonstrate to local residents the magnificent environment they're surrounded by on a daily basis.

"Highlighting and explaining the role indigenous vegetation plays in the well-being of the local area and how residents can support and protect their ecosystem is crucial if the local environment is to continue to prosper and grow," Craig said.

By way of thanks, participants were treated to a community barbeque following a successful morning of planting at The Point. The day rounded up with a guided walk by Craig through nearby Coastal Moonah Woodland and saltmarsh habitat.


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