Grant buys muscle

Janet Mayer is pleased with her grant to finish restoring the vegetation at her Foxground property. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Janet Mayer is pleased with her grant to finish restoring the vegetation at her Foxground property. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

AFTER almost 30 years Janet Mayer is about to reach her goal of regenerating the bushland on her 22-hectare Foxground property "Wodi Wodi."

Mrs Mayer has only one small area of the property left to regenerate and has recently been awarded a Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife Private Land Conservation Grant to help her do so.

The grant, worth $4800 over three years will allow Mrs Mayer to hire a contractor to assist her with the work.

"We bought the property 30 years ago and we've lived here for the last 29, and we've been working on the property for almost all of that time and we're down to the last little area that needs to be done," Mrs Mayer said.

"The property is bordered by parts of the Barren Grounds Nature Reserve and our goal is to pretty much extend the reach of the reserve by making the property as pristine as possible.

"We're going to use the grant to get somebody in to help, it's just too much work for one person to do, the fact that the money is over three years is great, in the first year we should get all of the weeds out but then it's important we carry out work over the next two years to make sure the weeds are completely gone.

Over the years Mrs Mayer said large areas of noxious weeds such as lantana, mist flower, cape ivy and tradescantia had been removed from the property. Having committed nearly three decades to regenerating Wodi Wodi, conservation was close to her heart.

"More land, state parks and areas like that have been opened up to grazing and coal seam gas so it's now even more ... important we conserve and protect areas as well."

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