Gone into weedy wattle withdrawal over the new year? Never fear, busy bees are back! Come help us get on top of a significantly manageable infestation which will protect bushland on the property and in nearby Torndirrup national park. Morning tea, lunch and tea/coffee will be provided, please RSVP to Rosie Smith, Green Skills Albany on 9842 1334 or 0401 578002 or [email protected], please let me know if you have any special dietary requirements. Cheers!
Busy bee will run from 9am-12.30pm on Tues 20th February 2018.
Australian Bluegum Plantations, community members and Green Skills working together to tackle Albany’s worst weed, Acacia longifolia
Green Skills, Australian Bluegums Plantation staff and community volunteers joined forces in November to control a large stand of invasive Sydney golden wattle on a private property in Littlegrove near Albany. Green Skills has a long-running program fighting the spread of Sydney wattle in the Littlegrove and Torndirrup areas, and in 2017 the program has benefitted from a $5000 grant from ABP aimed at on-ground control and containment of Albany’s worst environmental weed. The morning was a great opportunity to put a dent in a troublesome local wattle infestation, as well as giving ABP staff a look at some of the work undertaken by Green Skills in the local community.
This busy bee was the last one for 2017, keep an eye out for more in early 2018! Our first one will be in Littlegrove on Weds February 21st from 9am-12.30pm. Please contact Rosie Smith, Green Skills Weedy Wattle Coordinator on 9842 1334 or 0401 578002 or [email protected] to register your interest.
This program is supported by funding from Royalties for Regions
Green Skills Inc staff Rosie Smith, Aaron Banks and Dylan Lehmann were out and about at Montgomery’s Hill vineyard near Albany last week, giving a large stand of Sydney golden wattle some much-needed chainsaw therapy. Ably assisted by the vineyard’s new owner and his family, the team worked hard to clear a wattle infestation threatening remnant bushland on the property. Getting on top of this infestation is especially important as the vineyard is situated next to high conservation value vegetation in Bakers Junction nature reserve and along the Kalgan river. Top marks to the vineyard owners for taking the initiative to control Albany’s worst weed!
This was the last on-ground wattle control work for 2017, there will be plenty more busy bees and general wattle-bashing continuing in the new year.
Did you know that September 1st each year is National Wattle Day? Initiated as a way to celebrate our floral emblem and all things Australian, Green Skills Inc’s Albany office are adding a different twist to National Wattle Day this year.
For a limited time only during the month of September, if you remove invasive eastern states wattle species from your garden, Green Skills will give you some FREE local replacements!
Invasive eastern states wattles look beautiful, but taken together they are the worst environmental weeds in the Albany area – threatening our unique and irreplaceable bushland throughout the southern region, which is part of the only internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot in Australia.
By far the worst offender is Sydney golden wattle (Acacia longifolia). It’s highly invasive, grows into dense thickets which outcompete other species and exudes chemicals from its roots which inhibit the growth of other plants.
Southern Regional TAFE students have been hard at work growing local native plant seedlings as part of their studies, and as a result Green Skills is delighted to be able to offer FREE local Acacia seedlings as a replacement for invasive eastern states wattles to Albany area residents.
This initiative launches on September 1st to celebrate National Wattle Day and runs throughout September – contact the Albany Green Skills office to register your interest, seedlings will be distributed at the end of the month. Numbers of seedlings will be limited per property and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
For further information on Swap-A-Weedy-Wattle September, weedy wattle identification, removal and upcoming community events please contact:
Rosie Smith, Weedy Wattle Coordinator
Green Skills Albany Office
08 9842 1334
And check out the Weedy Wattles Action Group Albany Facebook page
Go to http://www.wattleday.asn.au/ for more info on National Wattle Day
This project is supported by Royalties for Regions
DATE CHANGE FOR ALBANY CORAKI HOLIDAY COTTAGES SYDNEY WATTLE BUSY BEE
Previously listed as Monday 14th August, we’re now running this event on Tues 15th August from 9.30am -12.30pm. Keen to come along? There’s lunch in it for you!
Learn about invasive Sydney golden wattle (Acacia longifolia), why it’s such a threat to our region’s biodiversity and how to remove it. The Green Army internship crew will be there too and a BBQ lunch will be provided courtesy of Coraki Holiday Cottages managers.
Call Rosie Smith, Green Skills Albany Weedy Wattle Coordinator on 0401 578002 or 9842 1334 for further details and to RSVP by Mon 14th August.