Green Army work to improve local reserve

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A combined effort from Port Lincoln City Council, Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula and the Green Army will make life easier for native wildlife species in a Port Lincoln reserve. The Margaret Avenue Reserve has had an environmental makeover, with workers removing weed species such as olives, rhamnus and cotoneaster, allowing native flora to flourish.

A combined effort from Port Lincoln City Council, Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula and the Green Army will make life easier for native wildlife species in a Port Lincoln reserve.

The Margaret Avenue Reserve has had an environmental makeover, with workers removing weed species such as olives, rhamnus and cotoneaster, allowing native flora to flourish.

The reserve provides habitat to native species such as the cream-flowering Port Lincoln mallee, Kangaroo thorn, and Australian ringneck parrots, known locally as Port Lincoln parrots.

Natural Resources Management Officer Kate Brocklehurst said weed species played a huge role in loss of biodiversity in Australia.

"All the weeds we have removed pose a threat to our environment, and getting rid of them will go a long way in improving the health and beauty of the reserve and nearby bushland,” Ms Brocklehurst said.

Green Army Supervisor Trevor Johncock said it was a great opportunity to do some beneficial work in the heart of town.

“Normally we work out of town or along the coast. It’s great to be able to do something right in the centre of town that everyone sees and can enjoy the benefit of our work,” Mr Johncock said.

Port Lincoln City Council Manager Community Infrastructure Nigel Melzner said he was happy for the extra support, which helped continue the work done previously by council staff.

The Australian Government funded this Green Army work. For further information on this project, please visit the Port Lincoln Natural Resource Centre or call 8688 3111.

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