Rovers Do Their Part For The Environment
Every year, the Rovers of Sydney North Region serve their local communities in many ways. Some are in more well-seen areas than others, but nevertheless they are still out there helping the community.
Just one part of their “Service” to the community is the annual Region Rover Project - a weekend to help out various institutions or local councils to construct, demolish and regenerate many diverse and very different areas. May 15 and 16 were spent doing bush regeneration and clearing for Ku-ring-gai Council on the Saturday, and Sydney Harbour National Park on the Sunday.
Day one was spent based at Bicentennial Park in West Pymble, planting 200 trees around the fields and undertaking bush regeneration, maintaining a walking track in Seven Little Australians Park at Lindfield and clearing a fire break in front of over a dozen homes at Killara, including the removal of an entire tonne of lantana.
The Rovers also assisted with running a number of information sessions for the community about caring for local bushlands, parks and public areas and cooking a complimentary BBQ. The help was much appreciated, Sophia Findlay from Ku-ring-gai Council saying “What the Rovers did this day would have taken two men two weeks of solid work!”
Day two was spent at Dobroyd Point in Sydney Harbour National Park, working on the Manly to Spit walking track, this time removing more weeds, clearing a very large creek bed and clearing even the smallest weeds out so they cannot regrow. Toni Stevenson from the Sydney Harbour National Park Bush Regeneration Group said: "without the time given by the Rovers, this simply would not have been done!"
Aaron Smith, 2009/10 Service Co-ordinator for the Region Rover Council, said “It was great to get over 60 Rovers from around the northside together to do something positive for the local environment – and we’ll be back at Sydney Harbour National Park at the end of July to ensure those weeds stay out!”
The Region Rover Service Project is always held on the third weekend in May, usually alternating each year between Scouting and wider community projects.