THE Tilligerry Habitat Association Inc. has been recognised for its work in conservation, rehabilitation and education.
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The Association was named the NSW Department of Industry – Crown Lands & Water, Crown Reserve Trust Corporate Manager of the Year, at the 2017 Regional Achievement and Community Awards held on Friday 10 November at Marina Views Function Centre.
Dorothea Willey, President of the Tilligerry Habitat Reserve Association told News Of The Area, “The Tilligerry Habitat Reserve Association is thrilled to receive the Managers Award in the Crown Land Reserve category.”
“The Reserve has a 21 year history of regenerating a once unsightly sand mine site into a Habitat for the unique flora and fauna of the Tilligerry Peninsula.”
“This work has been achieved by dedicated volunteers who have given their time selfishlessly to this rehabilitation work.”
The volunteers propagate most of the plantings from seed, cuttings and rescuing of plants from the areas adjacent to the Reserve itself, and from the wider Peninsula when appropriate.
The Reserve also sells plants to sand mining companies so that they can meet their targets to re-plant native species removed in the mining process.
The group also works closely with local Aboriginal bush teams and has held cultural burns to rejuvenate seed.
Dorothea said “The current Management Committee is committed to ensuring that the work of past volunteers is applauded and cherished, and also that the Reserve move into the future with exciting new projects to further demonstrate and educate the public of the unique place on the Peninsula that the Tilligerry Habitat Reserve enjoys.”
Kate Washington, Member for Port Stephens, told News Of The Area, “The Tilli Habitat Association are so deserving of this award, and I congratulate all the dedicated volunteers for the work they’ve done over many years.”
“It’s incredible to think a former sand mine has been rehabilitated into this local piece of paradise, and everyone who visits falls in love with the Tilligerry Habitat, including my own family.”
“It’s one of Port Stephens precious jewels.”
“The project has been a labour of love for many hardworking volunteers over two decades, and this award recognises each and every one of them,” she said.
News Of The Area will keenly follow the future planned projects for the Tilligerry Habitat Association, and their community events.
By Rachael VAUGHAN