Swap a weed for a native plant

Swap a weed for a free native plant by coming along to a tree planting event to help improve the biodiversity of Cooee Creek.

This community event scheduled for Friday, 14 December 2012 from 10am to 12pm at Cooee Creek (Cambria Street, near the Thirkell Street Bridge, bottom of Brickport Road, Cooee) aims to improve the aesthetics and inform the community of the importance of increasing the biodiversity of this area.

Deputy Mayor Sandra French said, “In early 2011 following severe rain storms on the North-West Coast, significant flooding and damage to riparian zones of Cooee Creek and a number of properties occurred. A severe infestation of willows restricted the flows in the lower catchment and contributed to the flood flows breaking the creek bank and exacerbated the extent of the flooding.”

Burnie City Council has undertaken the removal of these willows from a 250 metre stretch of Cooee Creek as a means to reduce the incidence of flooding taking place in this area and as a preliminary step towards improving the biodiversity value of Cooee Creek.

“We are encouraging community members with a passion for conservation or the Cooee Creek area to come along to the tree planting session. Participants will plant native trees to help improve the biodiversity at the site and further enhance the local environment to support local flora and fauna,” Ald French said.

Participants are also encouraged to bring a weed along and swap it for a free native plant to take home.

This project is supported by Cradle Coast NRM through funding from the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country.

For more information contact Council’s Weeds Officer Jay Rowley on 64305 794.

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net