The Beaconsfield Flora and Fauna Reserve, Cardinia Creek Sanctuary is a lovely place for a walk through native local bush with local birds and wildlife. It is the area alongside Beaconsfield Emerald Road between Holm Park Road and Payne Road.
The Friends group have been helping with maintenance and care.
At present it looks like they may need to close FOCCS. The issue is not the number of people needed to plant trees, but people who are interested in committee roles and/or just leading a working bee.
These people do not need to be able to climb hills or plant trees, only do a small part of the admin work or leading a working group in just a supervisory role, that is sign people in and out, hand out equipment and plants, etc, and enjoy the weather as everyone else is busy planting.
There is a meeting on Saturday 3 September at 2pm at Akoonah Park in the ‘Men’s Shed’ (Gate 4)
This will be the AGM and the hope is to continue the group. The key discussion point at this meeting will be whether the group continues to work at the reserve or will the group close and stop all work.
This will completely depend on having people who are willing to help in admin or supervisory positions.
The hope is for new members and many past members to be willing to return. They have the love for the bush, knowledge, etc.
But those without any knowledge of the work can come too.
Some have joined for social reasons when they moved to the area and didn’t know the difference between a weed or a local native plant.
The hope for the AGM is to believe that “many hands make light work” so the positions are not overwhelming.
More information go to their Facebook page @friendsofcardiniacreeksanctuary
Phone 0433 614 865