Looking At Landcare (21/9/2018) – Busy time ahead for Landcare in the Parkes and Forbes Shires

Just when you think it is safe to go back to the dress up cupboard and put your pirate outfit and REaDICULOUS outfit away, we start planning for more fantastic activities in October.

I am looking forward to being involved in more educational activities in the Parkes and Forbes Shires next term and hoping to get out to all schools with our school resource boxes with heaps of books and activities for students.

We held our monthly Central West Lachlan Landcare (CWLL) meeting in Forbes on Wednesday evening and we are excited to have a fantastic line up of events and activities during October. It was particularly lovely to leave the Club after the meeting and see the beautiful lighting in Templar Street in preparation for Grazing Down the Lachlan. Check out the pics on Instagram or Facebook.

Some of the following events are still baking, so keep an eye on our facebook page for more information.

On Saturday, 6 October, we are working with Parkes Shire Council to hold our next Landcare Motley Crew events….yes, there are two! The first is for the early birds at 7am in the Waterwise Garden via Welcome Street. We will be completing follow up work from our planting day that was made possible with funding from the NorthParkes Community Investment Program. This is basically a ‘power hour’ to get you pumping for the day!

At 9am we will be working at the East Street end of PAC Park on Council’s wetland plantings. Please feel free to bring coffee and snacks….anything to keep you going! Just another ‘power hour’ and you will be

On the next day, Sunday, 7 October, the National Parks Association will be hosting a walk to Peregrine’s Track at Weddin National Park. This is rated as a ‘hard’ 7km walk and walkers need to contact walk leader, Peter Cannon on 6866 1225.

On 17 and 18 October, we are working with Topsoil Organics and Soil Land Food in Forbes and are pleased to have presenter and soil scientist, David Hardwick speaking at the Compost as a Catalyst for Cropping Field Day, with demonstrative machinery, and talking about soil conditioning and soil health.

We will be participating in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count between 22 and 28 October. The week will kick off in conjunction with Parkes Shire Council at the East Street end of PAC Park with Breakfast with the Birds from 8am, assisted by the National Parks Association. This will also be an opportunity to officially unveil new seating in the area. More information next week!

On Monday and Tuesday, 22 and 23 October we will be holding kindy Enviro Days for Parkes Shire schools with a focus on catchments, water bugs and birds, water quality, and seedlings

Wednesday will be a walk along Goobang Creek with the National Parks Association, utilising the fantastic resource of bird enthusiasts that we have in the Parkes and Forbes Shires.

Thursday, 25 October, will be an opportunity for local school students to join us after they finish school at 3.30pm at the Wiradjuri Cultural Centre for a bird walk and activities. We will be spotting woodland and water birds and checking out the habitats that they live in.

On Friday, 26 October, we will be holding a children’s bird walk in Parkes. We are finalising the finer details for the Parkes walk and I will fill you in next week.

For more information on any of these events, go to our website at centralwestlachlanlandcare.org, facebook, twitter or please feel free to contact our office on 02 6862 4914 and we will be happy to provide further information.

 Until next week, happy Landcaring!