Young volunteers show no love for weeds

Published Friday, 28th August 2015

Rockcorps volunteers

About 50 young people donned gloves and gardening tools at Lalich Avenue Reserve in Bonnyrigg on Thursday 27 August to help control an infestation of African Love Grass.

African Love Grass is a hardy, drought tolerant perennial grass species. It is regarded as a weed because it successfully competes with native species.  

The 50 teens from Fairfield City, and even further afield including overseas, volunteered four hours of their time under the Optus RockCorps program. Rockcorps is a dynamic movement of people who want to help out in their community. They “give” four hours of time and “get given” a music reward – in this case a ticket to the exclusive Optus RockCorps gig in Sydney on 30 September at The Big Top, Luna Park.

“This is a great project that benefits not only young people, but also the community,” Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said. “African Love Grass was running rampant in a section of Lalich Avenue Reserve and the young volunteers tackled the task of digging it out with great enthusiasm.

“It was amazing how much they got done in the four hours.”

Using mulch, the volunteers also set aside a section of the reserve so it could revert to its natural state.

Mayor Carbone welcomed the contribution of the young people who took part.

“I’d like to thank the young men and women for their time and hope they enjoy their rock concert reward,” he said.

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