The Millennium Kids ‘Kids on Country’ revegetation project in Coolgardie took a huge leap forward this week, with the site now ripped for planting. This was made possible by the very generous contribution of time and machinery by Roadtech Civil and Construction. The Narrogin based crew were in Coolgardie installing a new road train assembly area on the edge of town. One of MK’s local supporters, Sara, noticed the machines in town, and knowing we were struggling to get equipment for this next critical phase of our kids project, approached them to see if they would help.
We have never struck such agreeable contractors that were so easy to get along with or so generous! Once we had our permits in hand from the Shire and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, (who control a small reserve on part of the site), we called Roadtech and they were on our site the next day.
The Roadtech machine worked on the contour to maximise catchment of water, and minimise any erosion of the site. Murdoch University Work Placement student, Lalu Harly, had a very quick introduction to the Great Western Woodlands, the Kids on Country project, and some of the basics of revegetation when he came out to help with the site contour pegging.
Now the site is ripped we have to wait for the rains to give the soil a good soaking before we can plant. The seed collected by the local kids is in the nursery growing, and we can now allocate a planting date for winter. There is lots of enthusiasm from Millennium Kids in Perth and beyond to travel up and help the local kids plant.
Again, a big thanks to Carl Dunlop, Chiky Gidgup, our operator Keith Greenshields, and the rest of the crew at Roadtech, and Francesa Lefante, Town Planner for the Shire of Coolgardie. Community support at its best!
This Kids on Country project is supported by a State NRM Program Community Stewardship Grant and IGO Limited.
Wayne O’Sullivan, MK Citizen Science Project Manager