Elingamite-Cobrico Landcare Group celebrates 20 years

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On July 29, 2011 the Elingamite-Cobrico Landcare Group celebrated 20 years of caring for the environment with a dinner held at the Cobden Angling Clubrooms, Lake Elingamite.

Milestone Reached

Celebrating 20 years of commitment to the local environment was  a group affair.

About 25 members of the Elingamite-Cobrico Landcare Group gathered at the Cobden Angling Clubrooms recently to celebrate the significant milestone.

Group secretary and treasurer Barbara Cowley said she was pleased to reach the 20th year milestone.

"Over the years the group has been involved in educating the community in aspects of landcare and environmental awareness such as tubeplanting, direct seeding and salinity," Mrs Cowley said

"Water table peizometers set up in 1991 are still being monitored monthly by a member in our group."

Mrs Cowley said the group had achieved a number of positive environmental impacts over the years.

"Grants have funded approximately 8.9 hectares of direct seeding, 36,000 tube trees, 19.1km of fencing and 52 hectares of remnant vegetation protection.

"Although the group's focus is now on roadside blackberry control, one project that has continued for many years and has largely been completed, has been a wildlife corridor from the rail trail at Elingamite to Mt Emu Creek.

"A manna gum planted at Lake Elingamite to commemorate the 15th year anniversary in 2006 is now 20 feet tall."

Local residents interested in joining the group can contact Barbara Cowley on 5595 4243.

Article courtesy Cobden Timboon Coast Times

The anniversary cake was made and beautifully decorated by Nola Farquharson. Past president Les Kerr and inaugural and continuing vice-president Russell Smith blew out the candles and cut the cake.

The tables were decorated by placemats prepared by Georgia Wakeling and floral arrangements by
Helen Langley. Helen explained the meaning of and the plant choice for each arrangement.

Following the meal the members and guests were entertained by bush poet Mick Orford and singer/guitarist
Hilton Boyle.

View pictures in photo album.