Offical Opening of Ross Hill Reserve
Gwymac Landcare hosted the Official Opening of Ross Hill Reserve on Wednesday this week attracting a range of people including local residents, local landholders, community organisations, and council and agency representatives.
Formally opened by Mayor Paul Harmon, the morning also included a booklet launch, habitat assessment and monitoring workshop, and as if on cue - up close and personal with a local Musk Lorikeet!
Located behind the parkland on the corner of Lindsay Avenue and Butler Street, extending back to Jardine Road, Ross Hill Reserve was a project initiated by Gwymac Inc. and local residents 18 months ago.
Funding for this project was obtained by Gwymac Inc. from NSW Environmental Trust and Caring For Our Country’s Community Action Grants Program.
“Gwymac has been very grateful to have the support from Inverell Shire Council who have designated this area as a reserve and which is so accessible to the residents of Ross Hill. The Ross Hill Reserve exists today as a wonderful example of collaboration between a number of local community oriented organisations and when you stand in the middle of the reserve it’s easy to believe that you could be anywhere in the bush not in downtown Inverell!”
said Anya Salmon – Landcare Coordinator.
Project Coordinator Sarah Priest said
“Gwymac would like to formally acknowledge the support provided and work undertaken by BEST Employment Inverell. Without their assistance with practical knowledge, skills, and labour force, this project may not have been as successful. Best Employment constructed the fence, treated and removed the dense thicket of woody weeds, mapped the path and installed the nesting boxes for this project as well as attended steering committee meetings and provided general ideas and support – for all of this, we at Gwymac sincerely thank them”
“BEST is proud to be actively involved with the Ross Hill Reserve project. As a strong community member, BEST is keen to work with community organisations so that projects such as this are successful and that all in the community may benefit”
said Roger Abbott – Quality and Project Coordinator with BEST Employment.
“We also would like to thank and acknowledge support from Inverell Shire Council enabling the use and protection of this Endangered Ecological Community – Box Gum Grassy Woodland, The Rotary Club of Inverell, Inverell Men’s Shed, Border Rivers-Gwydir Catchment Management Authority, Ecologist Wendy Hawes, local schools for participating in the Enviro Days, BEST Tree Tenders, and most of all, local residents for your support and attendance at Community days held at the reserve.” said Sarah.
During the morning Gwymac launched their latest publication Protecting our Bushland and Reserves in the New England Northwest NSW – Environmental Awareness for Neighbours and Friends.
This booklet contains a plethora of information sourced from many organisations to provide a good summary of topics including: Threatened Ecological Communities; Responsible Gardening; Common Garden Escapees and Weeds of the New England North West; Native alternatives; Invasive animals; Threatened species; Your backyard; Protecting Cultural Heritage and information on Environmental groups and resources.
Free copies of the booklet are available from Gwymac Inc. or Border Rivers- Gwydir Catchment Management Authority.
An enlightening Habitat Monitoring and Assessment Workshop was then lead by local Ecologist Wendy Hawes for local residents and landholders.
“The only way of knowing if our management of an area is leading to any improvement is through habitat assessment and monitoring which was well demonstrated to us today by Wendy Hawes from The Envirofactor. Participants will now be very well equipped to undertake habitat quality assessments which will benefit not only themselves but also contribute to environmental reporting at a Federal level.”
said Landcare Coordinator Anya Salmon.