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In 2009 we began the journey of transforming an area of lawn adjacent to the SLCMA Office, into the Sarina Community Native Gardens. The purpose of the gardens is to demonstrate and promote the use of native plant in gardens and landscaping situations as well as provide an educational opportunity for locals & visitors to learn about local native plants, their benefits & uses in various situations.

The establishment of the Sarina Community Native Gardens was well under way at the end of June 2016, with many of the plants flowering and fruiting and providing habitat to a variety of native birds and other wildlife. From the start of the program SLCMA have met many milestones and achievements including the installation of a seasonal wetland, walking track, boardwalk and themed gardens including the sensory gardens and local habitats. A project highlight was the official opening in 2013 by gardening guru, Costa Georgiadis. 2016 saw ongoing maintenance and improvements being undertaken by SLCMA and community volunteers. Maintenance proved difficult at times during 2016 due to periods of wet.

SLCMA will continue to work with Mackay Regional Council, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens and Society for Growing Australian Plants to identify suitable plant species and groupings for additional plantings.

Monitoring Organisation Sarina Landcare Catchment Management Association Inc.

Name Saskia von Fahland

Phone 07 4956 1388

Email coordinator@sarinalandcare.org.au

Position in organisation Coordinator

Activity Type land management (e.g. revegetation, pest and weed management)

Activity Indicators water quality in freshwater river basins

Activity location Plane catchment

Frequency of monitoring

Monitoring Start Date 01/07/2009

30/06/2016

Location of monitoring data

Date quality / confidence

Collaborators Mackay Regional Council

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