The Grass Roots initiative has been established with the assistance of the Lake Cargelligo Local Landcare Coordinator (LLC) Andrew Lucas. It is a community-driven partnership between LachLandcare Inc., Lower Lachlan Community Services, Skillset Environment and Murrin Bridge Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC).
Grass Roots aims to build on the successful elements of the Green Army model in Lake Cargelligo and Murrin Bridge by establishing a social enterprise business which can meet the multiple needs of a broad range of sectors, such as land and water management, conservation and monitoring, and agriculture. To date, Grass Roots has been contracted by National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), and Western Local Land Services (LLS) as the initiative continues to build capacity.
The participants so far are gaining invaluable experience and on the job training in biodiversity and habitat restoration, wetland monitoring and water delivery, biosecurity, revegetation and other natural resource management activities, while benefiting from Traditional Owner mentoring.
It is envisioned that Grass Roots will transition to become part of a business arm of the Murrin Bridge Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC).
This will create employment opportunities and career pathways for local people.
A series of fruit tree care and pruning workshops were rolled out across four districts in late July and early August this year. Young District Landcare, Weddin Landcare, Lake Cowal Foundation and Temora Shire Council were supported by LachLandcare through the Local Landcare Coordinator Initiative in the delivery of the workshops, which were held in Maimuru, Grenfell, West Wyalong and Temora and were attended by over 120 people.
Young District Landcare recently held a ‘Bat Night’ as part of their Microbats in the Young Shire Project. During the night participants took a walk to the Arboretum and creek with the Anabat detector and we were able to detect a number of different species.