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Eurobodalla Landcare volunteers notch up 10,000 hours of service

Enviro News Emma Patyus and Lynn Bain

Eurobodalla’s Landcare groups have reached an important milestone.

In a first for the Shire, the 27 groups consisting of more than 300 volunteers have contributed more than 10,000 volunteer hours to local environmental projects in the past year from South Durras to Tilba.

In dollar terms, the volunteers’ work was worth more than $270,000 to the Eurobodalla, along with more than $800,000 in Landcare grants that Council administers from the state and federal governments and philanthropic investors.

The funds go back into the community by employing local contractors and service providers for Landcare projects including botanists, ecologists, bush regenerators, caterers, artists, trainers and machinery drivers.

Activities undertaken by the groups include weed and erosion control, waterway protection, fencing, planting native vegetation, encouraging mammal conservation and protecting native birds.

Photo: Worth her weight in gold, Eurobodalla Landcare volunteer and Secretary Lynn Bain is given a lift by Eurobodalla Council’s Local Landcare Coordinator Emma Patyus.