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Dungog Common work continues to enhance natural assets

Volunteers are being credited for overhauling sections of Dungog Common, enhancing the natural beauty of the site.

Thanks to the great efforts of both locals and volunteers from further afield, has seen a reduction in invasive weeds, including Lantana, especially around the northern portion of the Common known as ‘Hungry Hill’.

Over coming weeks the focus will shift to Common Creek, which runs along the foot of ‘Hungry Hill’, to plant native sedges, shrubs and small trees to add further stability to the creek banks.

This work is being supported by a NSW Environmental Trust grant as part of a protection and restoration project for ‘Hungry Hill’.

Project partners Hunter Local Land Services and Dungog Common Landcare Group are providing staff and volunteer assistance.

An open community planting day is planned for Tuesday 14 May, where volunteers will plant out identified spots requiring further protection.

Dungog Common Landcare Secretary Clare Shrimpton, said everyone is welcome to come along and join in the restoration of the creek.

“Our Landcare Group is lucky to care for the special environment at Dungog Common and we are keen for others to come and join in, and learn more about a unique place we have here,” Clare said.

“The planting will only take a few hours in the morning, and it is such a beautiful place to spend some time, and it’s even more rewarding knowing we are contributing towards protecting it.”

Following the planting, a morning tea will be held, where interested parties can chat with volunteers and learn more about the Common.

Anyone wanting further details about the planting day, or to know more about Dungog Common Landcare Group can contact Clare Shrimpton on 0459 579 997 or by email: crumpety7@gmail.com