Volunteers next to wetlands

Lake Pillans wetlands has seen over twenty years of council and community-based activity to improve its natural environment and this unique community open space. From a weed infested wasteland to a community loved wetland, the transformation has taken years of weed control, native planting days, trackwork and boardwalk construction.

Lake Pillans has become popular spot for the community to enjoy at all times of the day.as well as by over five species of frog, 25 different species of birds, turtles, dragonflies, and innumerable amounts of other insect life.

On Saturday 24 February, twelve volunteers of all ages, turned out on a misty morning to continue the restoration of the wetlands. Volunteers planted a mix of 250 native plants including Casuarinas, Eucalypts and Leptospermum (tea trees) which were generously funded by the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife. This planting will grow into habitat and food for local birds and insects as well as providing much needed shade for walkers.

The Lithgow City Council and Lithgow Oberon Landcare Association have further community events planned for Farmers Creek including a planting day on Saturday 23 March at the park on the corner of Inch St. and Saywell St, as well as frog monitoring evenings which continue to provide valuable data on the catchments frog species and population.

Anyone who wishes to become involved further in the restoration of Lake Pillans and the farmers creek catchment can contact Local Landcare Coordinator Steve Fleischmann for more information or follow Lithgow Oberon Landcare’s Facebook page to stay up to date on the latest land care activities.