Bushland conservation gets massive boost
Homestead Ridge Progress Association environmental committee members Sonny Rolfe, Kathleen Verrier, Jan Osmend and Richard and Grace Cade and Pat Harness.

The Homestead Ridge Progress Association environmental committee can continue to look after bushland reserves throughout Wellard thanks to a $10,000 Department of Environment and Conservation community grant.

Association member Sonny Rolfe said the grant would go towards planting up to 400 trees and shrubs, producing nesting boxes for Carnaby cockatoos and looking after other animals in the area.

He said the environmental committee was formed three years ago to help conserve the native bushland.

‘‘Nearly every Sunday we are out there doing something,’’ he said.

‘‘We are out at Bush Forever sites spraying poisonous arum lillies or weeding—we have found we have increased the number of wild flowers where we have been to such an extent that we want to continue what we are doing.’’

Mr Rolfe said the group had 15 loyal weeders but it was always open to new members who wanted to give the social weeding committee a go.

‘‘We try to educate the community as much as we can—we have a bi-monthly newsletter we send out to all the residents,’’ he said.

‘‘It is about the importance of our environment and trying to get people involved.’’

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