Friends of Mount Majura (FoMM) Newsletter – May 2020

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Weeding Working Session – Sunday 17 May 2020, 1pm to 4pm

Now that Covid19 restrictions of social gatherings have been loosened, Friends of Mt Majura are back to work and we hope that you can join in for some serious weed massacre. After prolonged dry conditions followed by rain in February and March, weeds have exploded. Over the past years Friends of Mt Majura spent significant time to control weeds at The Fair vegetation site and the wider Fair area, however a large soil seed bank triggered the germination of many weeds, some already flowering and setting seeds. If you have time on Sunday afternoon please come along, choose your personal 4 square meter patch to keep your social distance and go wild on weeds!

Where: Nature reserve south of The Fair, North Watson; we will focus on a site marked with a yellow balloon on below map and work our way towards the Fair vegetation site; please register your participation at the volunteer registration table, nature park entrance intersection Tay Street and Ian Nicol Street, The Fair.

What: Removal of flowering and seeding herbaceous weeds such as Indian Hedge Mustard (pictured), Hirschfeldia, and Sowthistle.

Bring: Please BYO drinking water, garden gloves and a small mattock or your favourite weeding tool if you have one; however, most weeds can be pulled; please wear long pants and sleeves, a hat and enclosed shoes. We will provide hand sanitiser and some cleaned tools.

Inquires: 6247 7515

Google map showing location of weeding this Sunday 17 May.

Indian Hedge Mustard. (Photo: Waltraud Pix)

Mondays @ The Fair running again!
As of Friday 8 May Covid19 restrictions have changed and ParkCare volunteering is possible again, provided volunteers follow certain practices (see below). It would be great if you have time on Mondays to help – there are currently large amounts of Paterson’s Curse to treat! Please bring your own garden gloves and, if you have one, a weeding tool. Tools which are stored at the Fair are wiped down, so they can be used as well.

Flowers of Paterson’s Curse. (Photo: Waltraud Pix)

ParkCare COVID19 Update – Message from Alison McLeod, Volunteer Programs Manager
We’ve got some great news for you all! Based on recent advice, there now are changes to the restrictions on non-essential gatherings in the ACT which mean that ParkCare volunteering is able to continue again! With the new restrictions, we welcome volunteers back into our open reserves and parks but ask that you comply with our current ParkCare Covid19 requirements. Download PDF here.

  • Volunteers must not participate in any ParkCare activities if they are feeling unwell/experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, are self-isolating due to returning home from overseas or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19;
  • Volunteers can work in groups up to a maximum of 10 people;
  • Volunteers must practice social distancing of 1.5m at all times;
  • Handwashing is mandatory before and after all volunteer activities;
  • Volunteers must use individual tools (no sharing) and will be responsible for transporting, maintaining and cleaning their tools and equipment;
  • Volunteers should limit their exposure to members of the public, particularly if they are in an ‘at risk’ category;
    • People aged over 70 years old
    • People aged over 65 years with chronic medical conditions
    • People with compromised immune systems
    • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50 with one or more medical conditions.

The ParkCare Ranger will provide requested PPE, tools and equipment (within reason) to ensure there are enough for all active volunteers.

Volunteers working alone will need to adhere to the Volunteer Policy requirements for working alone. To assist with this, guidance material has been produced on how to use the MyImpact App to record individual volunteer activity to ensure that every volunteer gets home safe.

We thank you for your patience, and look forward to working with you all again soon.

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