A new patch of green space comes to life in Lidcome

 

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MEDIA RELEASE
Thursday 18 June 2015

 

 

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A littered plot of land that was overgrown with weeds has now been turned into a clean, green space for the community to enjoy, thanks to Keep Australia Beautiful National Association in partnership with Lion.

As part of the Adopt a Patch program, team members at Lion’s Tooheys Brewery in Lidcombe will complete initial works on their ‘patch’ at the corner of Parramatta Road and Nyrang Street, Lidcombe on Friday 26 June.

Work on the patch started in 2014 with the removal of litter and weeds and progressed to landscaping of the whole area. The team have been able to remove the temporary wire fencing that has been surrounding the site to reveal a neat grass lawn, brand new fencing along Haslam’s Creek and two thriving trees which were previously being strangled by weeds.  The improvements also mean that native wildlife have returned to the area.

The project team are delighted with their key achievements:

  • 2 trees rescued – a jacaranda and a melaleuca
  • Removal of balloon vine, privet and many other weeds
  • Laying of 300 metres of turf and a tap for ongoing maintenance
  • Installation of brand-new fencing along Haslam’s Creek, enabling safe public access to the lawn while preventing litter from blowing into the creek
  • Vehicle gate to allow ongoing maintenance and development of the patch
  • Removal of unsightly wire fencing and scruffy, unauthorised advertising signage
  • Almost 2 tonnes of weeds were removed
  • 20 industrial rubbish bags of waste collected and removed
  • 20 cubic metres of garden mulch for the creek bank.

The patch will now be maintained by a team of volunteers from the Tooheys Brewery to ensure it continues to thrive.

Mark Toomey, Brewery Director at Tooheys said, “as a team, we are proud to see the patch significantly improve over the last few months, knowing that we’ve all played a part in it.

Adopt a Patch is a wonderful Lion initiative that connects us more as a team and helps us give back to the local community by beautifying our surroundings. ”

Keep Australia Beautiful CEO Peter McLean said, “Adopt a Patch identifies, engages and supports active communities. The well-known patch of previously unused land on the corner of Parramatta Road and Nyrang Street has been dramatically improved for the wider community to enjoy and I look forward to seeing the patch transform further in the coming months.”

Auburn City Council Mayor Ronney Oueik said, “it’s fantastic to see local businesses like Lion getting behind Keep Australia Beautiful and the improvements already made to the patch are significant. We continue to pledge our support for this initiative and look forward to seeing the site continue to flourish in coming months.”

The Keep Australia Beautiful Adopt a Patch program engages local communities and manufacturing sites to improve patches of community land on their doorstep. The program develops a sense of place by empowering local employees and communities to take action and improve their community spaces in line with local needs.

The Adopt a Patch program is sponsored by Lion, one of Australia’s leading beverage and food companies. This project is part of Lion’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, and in particular to reducing litter in the communities surrounding Lion’s manufacturing sites.

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Contact: Stacey Passey, Programs Manager, Keep Australia Beautiful
Phone:  (02) 8626 9396
Email: stacey@kab.org.au

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