Members from the Friends of Kooloonbung Creek group were out on Monday, April 9 planting tallowood seedlings from the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.
The group, dedicated to the eradication of weeds in the Kooloonbung Creek area are always planting new native plants and were on hand to plant the koala food.
The koala food planting is part of a wider push to rebuild native habitats for not only koalas but other native species.
The group look after nearly 60 hectares of land near and around Kooloonbung Creek and are passionate about helping the local environment flourish.
Dave Comish said the group jumped on board to help plant koala food trees.
“We are taking part in the enrichment of koala habitats in the local area,” Mr Comish said.
“Our big day – when most of our volunteers help – is Monday so we have been able to plant 40 tallowood trees today with at least another 40 to go over the next few weeks.
“If we and other groups and individuals don’t get on board and help plant trees we would continue to see the destruction of koala habitats around the place and of course no one wants that.”
Jeff Perkins and Les Mitchell said they were happy to be a part of the regeneration work in the area.
“I guess I got started with the Friends of Kooloonbung Creek because I hate weeds and want the natural and native flora and fauna to grow as they should,” Mr Perkins said.
“Since joining the group I have been amazed to see the diversity in the landscape,” Mr Mitchell said.
“As time goes by and we are doing our work it is fantastic to see how everything changes – for the better – and to know you have played a role in that is very special.”
Mr Mitchell is one of the newer volunteers in the group and helps with education and the identification of native plants.
As well as planting the group also continued their work clearing weeds said Rex Moir.
“One of the major weed plant of Port Macquarie, Senna pendula from Brasil and Paraguay, is fast growing and has large amounts of seeds and suppresses the growth of native plants and displaces them so we are doing our best to eliminate them,” Mr Moir said.
For more information on the Friends of Kooloonbung Creek visit their Facebook page.