February 17th, 2008
Short term: planting the seed
A foundation group of six community members responded to the first call and the following was discussed at the first meeting.
- Meetings will be open, regular and jolly.
- Volunteers and other community members will have access to news, developments and activities on a community website.
- Group activities: local seed collection; species identification in the area; community bus trip to Port Augusta for propagation workshops at Friends of the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens Nursery; planting of trees.
- Involvement of the kids will be strongly encouraged to promote a sense of care and custodianship of the plants. This can be helped along by inclusion in group activities as well as giving them a presence on the online blog.
- A catalogue of plants successfully growing in the area has been compiled as a reference.
- Further species will be identified in field trips where seeds will be collected.
- Interested community members will follow up on the propagation workshops with small scale home propagation for community planting in later seasons.
- The first round of plantings will be sponsored by the volunteers, who will purchase 10 plants each for the community. Plants will be sourced at the Friends of the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens Nursery. Sturdy tree guards will need to be sourced.
3. Watering strategy
- In the immediate term volunteers will hand water their plants.
- In the short term, watering will be done using an 800 litre tank on a trailer. The tank has already been acquired and for the time being the trailer and vehicle will be sourced by volunteers on roster basis. Water has been made readily available from community water tanks and catchment areas. There are privately owned pumps in the community but in order to maintain a flow of both water and interest, we need to be efficient, and to be efficient we need to source a pump for the tank and a dedicated trailer as soon as possible. Watering then will be managed by rostered volunteers hooking up the watering trailer to their vehicles.
- Gather information from organisations that can provide support and resources for the project (catalogues, funding opportunities, memberships, donations, auspicing bodies)
- Manage the project website, correspondance, funding for long term project developments.
- Project co-ordination.