Funding for bush regeneration at Helensburgh

State MP for Heatchote, Lee Evans with Helensburgh Landcare Group members at Helensburgh Station Reserve

THE Helensburgh & District Landcare Group has received over $6,000 in funding to maintain and upgrade Crown land at the Helensburgh Station Reserve.

The NSW Government grants are being provided by the Department of Planning and Environment – Crown Lands from the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund.

State MP for Heathcote, Lee Evans said the $6,820 funding has been allocated to support the health of the reserve by controlling the growth of invasive weeds smothering the tree canopy.

“Crown reserves provide land for sport and recreation, homes for community organisations, open space for healthy lifestyles, and protect our environment including sensitive habitat,” Mr Evans said.

Coral trees which pose a sight safety hazard for motorists on a corner will also be removed.

Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said Crown land covers about 34 million hectares or 42 per cent of NSW, with over 34,000 reserves across the state.

“Crown reserves provide communities with land for everything from green space, parks, ovals and walking trails to showgrounds, racecourses, surf lifesaving clubs, and community halls,” Mr Anderson said.

“This grant is part of $16.48 million being offered statewide to support 264 projects that will benefit many thousands of people and the cultural, sporting and recreational life of hundreds of local communities.

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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