THE wintry weather last week did nothing to deter the Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt, from completing his 500km walk around the electorate in 20 days.
And it has similarly done nothing the dampen the enthusiasm of staff, volunteers, partners and land owners engaged in a massive tree planting program underway under the umbrella of the Bass Coast Landcare Network.
Last Wednesday, Mr Hunt, who is also the Federal Environment Minister, was able to hear first-hand, from Bass Coast Landcare Network facilitator Dave Bateman, about the network’s efforts to plant 180,000 trees this year; a good number of those going into the ground right now.
“With the help of the Green Army program, we’ve been able to achieve a lot so far this season and we’re hoping to get involved in the next round,” Mr Bateman told the Minister last Wednesday.
It just so happened that the Landcare network representative was driving along McGrath Road, Bass when he came across Mr Hunt and his support team in the final throes of their 500km walk around the electorate of Flinders.
Mr Hunt was interested to hear about the Landcare network’s initiatives, commenting that he came across many such community groups as he made his rounds.
Executive officer of Bass Coast Landcare, Kelly Nichols, said the network was presently involved in a busy round of tree planting across the 11 Landcare groups, and was delighted to be partnering Phillip Island Nature Parks and the Bass Coast Shire in a Green Army project.
“They have principally been helping us with revegetation in the Kongwak area and will also be engaged in weed control but, yes, we’d love to get involved in another Green Army project with PINP and the shire.”
Chairman of Bass Coast Landcare, Mike Cleeland praised the groups involved in the latest tree planting drive.
“I attended the tree planting at the Cape Kitchen (on Phillip Island) last weekend where we planted 1200 trees and there’s similar projects going on right across the 11 groups, including on French Island,” Mr Cleeland said.
“The satisfaction you get out of being involved in something like that is enormous and it’s a terrific outcome.”
Check out the Bass Coast Landcare Network website at www.basscoastlandcare.org.au for the next tree planting day on a busy winter schedule.