Go wild on World Environment Day

Helen Patsikatheodorou and Melissa Doherty inspect Hume's wildlife
Loving Hume's environment: Mayor Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou and Hume's biodiversity officer, Melissa Doherty.

A special planting day in Sunbury offers residents from across Hume the chance to recognise World Environment Day.

Everyone is invited to help plant habitat for wildlife along Kismet Creek, near the corner of Elizabeth Drive and Prendergast Road (Melway Map 362 Ref C12), from 10.00am until 12.30pm on Sunday 5 June 2016.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said the event would make a real difference.

“This part of Kismet Creek is a popular spot, and we need volunteers to help plant indigenous species that have adapted to the local climate and soils, and which will nurture the area’s native creatures,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“It will be a terrific way to support the ecosystem along Kismet Creek, and I’m sure many of the volunteers will receive tremendous satisfaction.

“Hume City Council coordinates many planting days throughout the year, and the Live Green sessions have helped to rejuvenate areas across our municipality.”

Members of Sunbury Landcare and Hume’s Sustainability Taskforce will attend the session at Kismet Creek.

Hume will provide a pizza lunch, and people with special dietary requirements are welcome to bring their own food.

Council will supply all plants and tools, including gardening and latex gloves.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the event would take place even if light showers were forecast.

“While we’ll cancel the session if meteorologists predict heavy rain or gale force winds, every gardener knows that light rain can be a big help when planting,” she said.

“People should wear old clothes which can get a bit dirty, as well as a hat and closed shoes.

“There is plenty of parking available along Elizabeth Drive, and the location is close to a bus stop on route 489.

“Hume City Council will ensure that all volunteers have access to water, tea and coffee, as well as fruit and lollies.

“The day is set to be a handy means in which to meet others who have an interest in the environment, and will be perfect for anyone who loves to garden.”

The theme for World Environment Day in 2016 is Go Wild For Life – zero tolerance for the illegal wildlife trade.

The United Nations Environment Program aims to draw attention to animals around the world which are threatened, and encourage people to take steps that protect all species.

“I call on people who are passionate about this issue to attend Hume’s World Environment Day event, through which they can establish a habitat that helps wildlife to thrive,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

People should register their attendance in advance.

For further information, visit www.hume.vic.gov.au/livegreen

Posted on 12:00 AM, 20 May 2016

Updated : 10:10 AM, 20 May 2016

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