Council supports Junior Landcare Warriors

Cessnock City Council is pleased to support the ‘Junior Landcare Warriors’, 12 Kurri Kurri Scouts who’ll be taking on a rehabilitation project in one of our local parks.

Cessnock City Council is pleased to support the ‘Junior Landcare Warriors’, 12 Kurri Kurri Scouts who’ll be taking on a rehabilitation project in one of our local parks.  

The group contacted Council to find out how they could assist. Council were keen to provide them with a project and space to learn about natural vegetation and habitat, offering up 'The Mound' within Log of Knowledge Park, Kurri Kurri.

This is the raised area in the park that could use some love and care.The group will set about restoring the woodland patch to bring it back to its natural vegetation community and associated habitat values.     

The Scouts attended their first meeting at the park last night. Council’s Biosecurity Weeds Team, Barry Shepherd and Maria Edmonds as well as Stacy Mail from Landcare took the Warriors on a walk and talk educating them about the site and what they could achieve.  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent also attended the first meeting and encouraged the Scouts as they embark on the journey.  

“It’s great to see young people who are enthusiastic about their local environment and I look forward to following the Warriors as they carry out this project.”  

Council’s Weeds Team are keen to see the group tackle a few of the parks environmental weeds. These include Asparagus Fern, Bridal Creeper, Lantana, African Olive, Tecoma, Camphor Laurel, Pittsporum undulatum, and a number of other garden escapees.  

Council’s Parks Team will help remove illegally dumped rubbish and garden waste, while the Weeds Team will provide resources, information, practical skills and knowledge.  

Once the weeds have been dealt with the Warriors will follow up with replanting in early Autumn or Winter, placing specially built nest boxes within the area to encourage native fauna back.  

The message from Council’s Weeds Team is clear, you’re never too young to learn how to care for our environment and become a weed warrior.  

Any young person keen to join in can contact Robert Martin on rlbkmartin@bigpond.