ARMIDALE Urban Rivercare Group will showcase two years of hard work, with the launch of their Prickly Problems Project on Saturday.
Group founding member Bruce Whan said the group received $83,000 for the project fromthe state government’s Environment Trust.
The Armidale local said the group have been busy rehabilitating Armidale’s Dumaresq Creek, and removing the invasive plant rubinia. “It’s almost impossible to push the way through rubinia, so many of the locals didn’t know about the stream,” Mr Whan said.
“Basically we had to cut our way through, and it wasn’t until we got it all cut down that we could see the whole potential of the site.
“Then we decided we would showcase all the different plants that could grow in minus temperature, close to the creek, in Armidale and now we have about 22 different species.”
The 90-strong volunteer group have spent the past two years working to rehabilitate the creeklands behind Phil Wheaton Oval.
Mr Whan said the group would be launching the project, and celebrating 16 years in the community on Saturday.
“It will showcase the work that Rivercare has done, and present our ideas of what the creek should look like to the public,” he said.
But the group aren’t finished and have even more projects in the works.
“We also got money from the council and state government to do the section from Canambe Street and Cookes Road so we have already started on clearing that,” Mr Whan said.
“And then we received some national land care funding to showcase all the work we have done.”
The celebration will be held on Saturday at the creeklands, entry via Erskine Street, and run from 10am to 12pm.