What's not to love about being outdoors amongst the redgums, planting and restoring wetlands on a sunny day, with kids having fun in the mud and a bbq?
This was all thanks to a planting event at a property on the Yanco Creek, organised by Andrea Mitchell from Yanco Creek & Tributaries Advisory Council Inc (YACTAC). With plenty of help and a little bit of muscle, restoration works were achieved including:
A big thank you to Anna Turner (Charles Sturt University), Lachlan Spalding (Murray Local Land Services), farmer David Leeds, teacher Briony Fattore and students from Coleambally Central School, who through exemplary teamwork made this day a great one.
The project was made possible through YACTAC landholder funding and Murray Local Land Services "Wetlands for Wildlife" grant which aims to improve habitat for threatened species, as well as species considered a priority by the community.
And as for the mud, a few kids ended up completely covered!
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