The Inland Waterways (IWRA) are holding a Dubbo family tree-planting day on Sunday April 2, and need the help of Dubbo families and children to try and get over 1000 trees in the ground in a single day.
The volunteer organisation invite the local community to Biddybunge Reserve to help plant native trees, with major sponsor Shimano coming to the party to help local fishers and environmentally minded members of the community improve around 700 metres of riparian zone, that is critical for the rivers health in the central Dubbo area.
“If we can get 100 Dubbo families to just plant 10 trees each, we will have 1,000 new trees in on the banks of the Macquarie River, no problems at all”, IWRA vice president, and Dubbo citizen of the year Mick O’Neill said.
“We will have the trees ready on the day, with the River Repair Bus crew already teaming up with Dubbo Regional Council to prepare the site, and ensure the trees are in the correct position relevant to their species, with the best chance of survival,” Mick said.
The riparian zone is the belt of vegetation immediately aligning with rivers banks, and is directly related, and critical to the health of the river.
Native fish such as the iconic Murray cod, yellowbelly, and the endangered trout cod can source as much as 40 per cent of their food from the riparian zone, with insects and other creatures all forming a vital part of the natural food web.
What you will need: shovel and rake, hat, sunscreen, gloves, long pants and boots.
Join in for a free sausage sizzle afterwards supplied by Dubbo Regional Council.
For more information call Matt Hansen on 0427 454357
Those wanting to attend, please meet under the railway bridge at 10am on April 2nd on the western side of the river (across the river from Riverdale shopping centre).
Also, if you or your business would like to show your support by cash donation or by donating a prize for this year’s Lake Burrendong Fishing Classic please contact Inland Waterways president Matt Hansen on 0427 454 357, vice president Mick O’Neill on 0402 232 479, or PR officer Gordon Cowen on 0418 582 221.
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