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Great turn out for Trees for Mum event

The Red Cliffs Scenic Reserve is home to the characteristic namesake of the township of Red Cliffs, where the brilliant desert soils drop dramatically into the Murray River, creating a striking contrast of colours for the eyes to feast on. Having become debilitated and degraded over time, the Red Cliffs and District Community Landcare Group have chosen to focus their efforts on rehabilitating this iconic place. Mother’s Day provided the perfect opportunity for some much needed revegetation and exposure for the group and their purpose.

The group hosted the annual Trees For Mum event at the Red Cliffs Scenic Reserve on Sunday 11 May 2014. This free event allowed people to celebrate their mum on Mother’s Day by planting a tree in her honour. With 120 adults registering and many more children and families in attendance, more than 150 trees were planted, each with a beautiful message of love written on the protective guard. Tubestock from the Mildura Native Nursery comprised of Black Box eucalypts, Acacia, Hakea Maculate, Slender Cypress-pine, Eremophila and Olearia were planted in order to revegetate and enhance the biodiversity of the area.

The Red Cliffs and District Community Landcare Group president Tina Grassa was very proud that the event was so successful, this being the group’s first activity under the new banner as a community group. While originally formed as a Junior Landcare Group based at the Red Cliffs Secondary College, late last year the group expanded to accommodate the involvement of anyone who has an interest in the Red Cliffs region.

President Tina Grassa and secretary Bonney Dietrich were assisted on Sunday by group volunteers John Burfitt, Lynette Thurlow, Ann Duck, Shae and Ebony Noble. The Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) supported the event with staff available on the day to assist. This event was also supported by Parks Victoria and the Australian Government.

After planting, participants were invited to enjoy the spectacular weather with a complimentary drink and a sausage or two, thanks to the BBQ provided by the Rotary Apex Club. While kids applied temporary tattoos, adults had a chat to Landcare members about the group and explored the iconic scenic reserve.

To express your interest in the Red Cliffs and District Community Landcare Group or Landcare in general, contact Local Landcare Facilitator Northern Mallee, Nicola Vaughan, at the Mallee CMA on 03 5051 4571 or email to

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