Congratulations go out to our ‘Friends of Point Richards’ group who recently received a Corangamite Catchment Management Landcare Award on World Environment Day (June 5). The award recognises their efforts in contributing to the coastal habitats and biodiversity of the Point Richards Flora and Fauna Reserve. Members of the ‘Friends Group’ travelled to the historic Barwonleigh Homestead, a 5000 ha property on the junction of the Barwon and Leigh Rivers near Inverleigh, to attend the award ceremony. Steve Boothroyd and Heather Williams accepted the award on behalf of the 10-member group.
For the last 14 years the ‘Friends Group’ have met every Tuesday in the Reserve to engage in conservation works. “The Reserve is one of the last large patches of natural bushland on the Bellarine Peninsula and, with only 5% of the original vegetation remaining across the Peninsula, it is a precious ark of biodiversity worth every minute we spend looking after it,” said Steve who is the group convenor. Garry Kendell, Bellarine Bayside’s Coastal Conservation Officer, agreed that the Reserve is in a far better state due to the groups’ dedication and commitment to improving the natural environment through weed control, planting and education.
The group welcomes new members to join their weekly working bees. Please contact Garry Kendell, Coastal Conservation Officer on 0488 592 761 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.