Friends of Ritchie Reserve have reformed and is under the Parks administration, however has severely lacked any love for 20 Years. However, Ian Starkey has worked with Brian Martin Parks Victoria and managed for the Friends to perform passive rehabilitation of the land. Ian and Dick Lester along with Arawata Landcare Group, David Meikle and Danny Drummond (ex Parks) to coordinate weed abatement to restore the reserve for a walking destination along the “Skip Track” a Korumburra Rotary Club project with members under John O’Neil and Ken Sim.
Ian had received notice from Parks Vic that we can restart working bees. However, there are a number of protocols we need to follow i.e. social distancing, register names and addresses of people participating and sanitisers etc. Please bring your own tools hoes, shovels, loppers, Ian will have sanitised hand saws available for use that have been kindly provided by Parks Victoria.
The main target weeds are Tree Tobacco, Ivy and Lily type weeds that have bulbs that we need to dig out. Again, we have bags provided by Parks Victoria so we can transport the bulbs out Ian has dealt with the mountain of Parks Vic online forms and notifications we have to do.