Since its inception in April 2018, the Wallabi Point Coast Care Group has put in excess of 520 hours carrying out regeneration of North Wallabi Beach.
They are a dedicated team who have, during the cooler months, removed lantana and bitou bush from the beach and headland.
In addition, more than 350 seedlings have been planted as well as erection of protective fencing to reduce wind damage to these new plants.
MidCoast Council (MCC) has provided members with tools and support for carrying out this regenerative work and without its assistance the project would not be able to proceed.
Following the return of the cooler autumn weather, the group has again recommenced this environmental work to restore the beach and headland to its original condition.
However this will take considerable time as the area is heavily infested with lantana, bitou and asparagus fern.
Removal of these and other non-native varieties is a tedious and lengthy process due to the rapid speed of their regrowth.
Currently the group is spreading wood chip mulch, supplied by MCC, under vegetation on the top of the headland to reduce the growth of weeds.
Future work over the winter and spring is to continue the removal of invasive plants and provide additional wind breaks for new plants.
Native plants suitable for coastal areas have been provided from the MidCoast Council plant nursery and these include lomandra and banksias which, when established, will enhance the area.
Wallabi Point Coast Care Group meets each Thursday (weather permitting) around 8am at the vehicle entrance to North Wallabi Beach.
Following the morning's work members usually sit on the headland for a chat and coffee (BYO). This is an enjoyable and social occasion where members can discuss the day's work and further enjoy what they have achieved.
New members are always welcome as additional hands will achieve greater results.
Biggest Morning Tea
A Biggest Morning Tea in support of the Cancer Council was held last Thursday at the new Old Bar Village Cafe (formally Bon Appetite).
A full house with plenty of coffee and cake being consumed made for a very successful day.
On top of the donations by their patrons, the owners Ray and Tony allocated a portion of the takings plus $250 to this very worthwhile cause.
Need a JP in Old Bar
If you are in need of a Justice of the Peace, there are a couple of options for you.
If you have access to the internet, log onto http://jp.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/public/searchByNamePublic.do and enter the postcode 2430. This will give you the names and contact details of a number of JPs with their home suburb.
If you don't have access to the internet, contact the Old Bar CTC on 6553 6677 where arrangements can be made for you to meet with JP volunteer or nearby JP.
Remember, the services of a JP are provided free of charge.