We love to hear about our members’ successes. So, we were thrilled to learn that Toodyay Friends Of The River Inc. (TFOR) were awarded Toodyay’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award.
The award, which is part of national Australia Day celebrations, recognises a group doing outstanding work or for an event staged in the community during the past year. The busy group was busy with three major project in the past year.
Completion Of All Major Works On The Pelham Brook Outlet Restoration Project
This project commenced in 2019 supported by a grant from the Wheatbelt NRM Healthy Soils Healthy Rivers fund. It was started to address the environmental and infrastructure issues caused by the town’s stormwater run-off.
The project’s aim was to lower the velocity of the water entering the riparian zone. Two rock-lined channels were constructed to spread the water across the zone.
In 2021 the earthwork was completed using a grant from the Federal Communities Environment Project. Revegetation work commenced around this time and is ongoing.
The Work Of The Seed Group
The Seed Group is a sub-committee of TFOR that grows thousands of local native plants each year. They grow plants that are endemic to the region for use in TFOR’s revegetation projects, distribute to Toodyay’s community groups for their revegetation projects and sell to local landholders at minimal cost.
The Maintenance Of The Bilya Walk Track
The Bilya Walk track meanders along the Avon River and connects Duidgee Park in the town centre and the Nardi Cemetery, some 8 kilometres upstream. It was built, and is maintained, by TFOR members and enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, especially during Avon Descent when it offers the best river viewpoints.
We would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to everyone at Toodyay Friends Of The River on this well-deserved accolade.