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Working Bee - 13-Oct-2012

sweet-pittosporumEighteen community volunteers gathered on Sat 13th October to continue the environmental restoration of our Foreshore Reserve.  The task for the mornings work was to continue the removal of woody weeds.

With 18 volunteers working for three hours, we completed about 50 hours work on one Saturday morning!

Please click on the title to read more and see photos.

site-350Image: Google EartThe sites chosen for the morning's work was the path through the Allan Birt Park and then long the walking track that runs along the coast to First Surf Beach carpark - see the yellow shaded ares on the image right.

While the are was large the targets were quite specific, so we divided into a number of 2-3 person teams, with the tools needed were once again kindly provided by the Council's Environment department.

The methods utilised included:

  • pulling out seedlings
  • cutting nd painting saplings
  • "frilling" large plants which involves chopping into the bark layer at the base of the tree and dabbing with glyphosate

The target woody weeds included:


Sweet Pittosporum (Pittosporum undulatum) - also known as Native Daphne, Australian Cheesewood, Victorian Box or Mock Orange.  It is a tree growing to 15m tall with wavy leaf edges that "invades dry coastal vegetation, heathland and heathy woodland, lowland grassland and grassy woodland, dry sclerophyll forest and woodland, damp sclerophyll forest, wet sclerophyll forest, and riparian vegetation" (see DPI website)


mirror bush leaves

Mirror Bush (Coprosma repens) locally known as Shiny Molly is a natuve of New Zealand which is now "naturalised in coastal areas of South-east Australia...

It is a woody prostrate shrub to a small tree up to 8 m tall, depending on habitat. Thick, glossy leaves with recurved margins (becoming more so with increasing environmental stress)" (see DPI website)

Photos from the morning's work are shown below.


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