Our part-time Landcare Coordinator Bridget Clarke and Janet Hagen (Coordinator for the Hughes Creek Catchment), have spent most of their time since the fires working closely with community groups and land-holders to begin the mammoth task of rebuilding fences and rehabilitating a burnt landscape. They did a brilliant job coordinating hundreds of volunteers, pulling down kilometers of burnt fencing, building new fences and taking trailer-loads of rubbish to the tip.
In Feb. 2010 our new Fire Recovery Project Officer, Mr. Chris Cobern, started and has hit the ground running. Chris, together with Bridget and Janet, manage a variety of fire-recovery projects, including:
–Fencers without boundaries: Pulling down burnt boundary fences and building new ones.
–Lorax Project: Revegetating burnt areas with indigenous plants.
–Operation Coughing Parrot: Installing nest-boxes for animals without homes.
–Community Training: Weed ID, ACUP, …..
Most initial work was in the Flowerdale and Kinglake districts, but now the team is also working hard with landholders in the Marysville.