Thrity sign up to help reserve

IT APPEARS Fraser Coast residents don’t mind getting their hands dirty with about 30 people signing up over the weekend to be a River Heads reserve volunteer.

The new members joined the River Heads Reserve Community Management Group on Sunday, offering their help to develop, in an eco-friendly way, the 22-hectare block next year.

Group member Paula Harberger said the day was a success with people learning a lot about the reserve from guest botanist Greg Symrell.

The importance of mangroves for fish habitats was explained during a field walk, Ms Harberger said, while visitors also learnt about the effect the tide has on the mud flats.

The 120 species of plants on the reserve, a third of which are exotic, were also pointed out during an identification session.

“But I think the best thing people got out of the day is they could see how important the reserve is,” Ms Harberger said.

The latest development for the reserve is the erection of bollards alongside Seafarer Drive, carried out by the Fraser Coast Regional Council. The bollards aim to stop cars and motorbikes from going on to the land; an ongoing problem.

The River Heads Reserve Management Group is awaiting approval for an $18,000 Commonwealth Caring for our Country grant some time before Christmas. If successful, the money will be spent on 750 shrubs and plants for 2010.

Those who missed out on the sign-up day can call Ms Harberger on 0402 272 857.

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