Friends of Tomaree National Park gets a helping hand

HELPING HAND: At Zenith Beach, John Simpson (far right) shares a few tips with some of the Friends of Tomaree National Park. Picture: Sue Olsson
HELPING HAND: At Zenith Beach, John Simpson (far right) shares a few tips with some of the Friends of Tomaree National Park. Picture: Sue Olsson

The Friends of Tomaree National Park will be hosting a series of free bush and coast care workshops on how to repair damage to the Port Stephens coastline caused by years of invasive weeds.

The workshops, says Friends coordinator Sue Olsson, will focus on Tomaree's coastal native plants and weeds.

"You may like to give a couple of hours or more a month and join the Friends on one of our working bees, which take place at Tomaree Head, Zenith Beach and Fishermans Bay, just to name a few of the glorious places we work," Ms Olsson said.

"To help our volunteers, current and new, or anyone interested in bush care, we're hosting a morning workshop with an optional field afternoon at Fingal Bay, Saturday, May 1.

"And at Fishermans Bay, the Friends are hosting a series of short workshops before each regular work bee from mid April to June to be led by Fishermans Bay coordinator Josephine O'Brien."

The Friends of Tomaree National Park is a newly-established community group of the National Parks Association of NSW (Hunter Region), dedicated to advancing the integrity of Tomaree National Park.

"We help manage significant weeds, support threatened species work, undertake wildlife surveys and like to enjoy ourselves. Activities within the park are with the support and oversight of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service," said Ms Olsson.

The workshops are supported by Hunter Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

Anyone interested in participating should email tomaree-np-friends@npansw.org.au.