Wye Weed Warriors is a sub-group of the Wye to Wongarra Landcare Group.
Consisting of dedicated local volunteers who have a keen interest in ensuring Wye River and Separation Creek majestic indigenous vegetation is maintained and enhanced through the eradication and management of invasive weeds. A $5,000 grant was secured through Colac Otway Shire in July 2015 to attack two main weed invaders of Banana Passionfruit and Asparagus Fern.
Before the Christmas Day Bushfires, this project was to provide information to landowners about how best to deal with these weeds through the development of a brochure, workshops and/or newsletters, with working bees planned to occur in late 2015 / early 2016.
Refer attached map of the Banana Fruit and Asparagus Fern infestations within the Wye and Sep area prior to the bushfires.
The focus has had to shift direction with the importance of providing habitat for local birdlife, controlling any new infestations and planting indigenous trees to replace some of the losses from the fires. A successful replanting day along Paddy’s path saw approximately 40 locals, young and young at heart, eagerly planting indigenous vegetation over the Queens Birthday long weekend.
Unfortunately the next planting day scheduled for Sunday 31st July to complete the Paddy’s path revegetation has had to be cancelled due to the heavy rains and subsequent closure of Paddy’s path due to potential landslip.
Bird Day – 8 October 2016
Free Field Trips to learn about our local birds from ornithologist Simon Starr