Volunteers dig in to restore Collie River

Jackson BarrettSouth Western Times
Worsley Alumina staff members Dane Tappenden, Patrick Murray and Matt Paulger plant seedlings near the East End Bridge.
Camera IconWorsley Alumina staff members Dane Tappenden, Patrick Murray and Matt Paulger plant seedlings near the East End Bridge. Credit: Supplied.

The push to help revegetate the banks of the Collie River continued last week, with staff from Worsley Alumina pitching in to plant seedlings.

The team of more than 50 volunteers came together on Friday morning to plant 1100 seedlings, under the watchful eye of members of the Friends of the Collie River Group.

“This is the third year that Worsley employees have enjoyed participating in the seedling planting sessions,” a South 32 Worsley Alumina spokesperson said.

The planting was part of South32’s broader Collie River Restoration Project, a partnership with the Collie Shire Council that began in 2018.

“South32 Worsley Alumina’s community investment funding of $90,000 over three years in partnership with the council and the Friends of the Collie River Group has enabled the revegetation of the Collie River foreshore in the Collie townsite with native plant species,” the spokesperson said.

Friends of the Collie River Group project co-ordinator Donna Davies said she was thrilled to have the company on board again this year.

“We did a huge expanse along the Collie River putting in native species, because the timing is pretty good for it,” she said.

“It is vital to look after the river and it is really good to get volunteers because it gives a sense of ownership to the area, because the river belongs to the community.

“It is great to see, not only Collie people that work at South32 but people from out of town as well who can appreciate the Collie River.”

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