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CLARENCE PLAINS COMMUNITY SPIRIT

THE Clarendon Vale Community Park is flourishing under the nurturing hand of a newly formed landcare group that is dedicated to taking ownership of local spaces and forging community connections.

The One Community Together (OCT) Clarence Plains Landcare Group is the newest group registered with Clarence City Council and joins the 20 other landcare and coastcare groups already volunteering their time across the city.

Although newly formed, the group has already taken root in the community with its hard work enhancing the Tucker Garden at the Clarendon Vale Community Park, a community-designed garden that has been 12 months in the making.

The Tucker Garden, which was brought to fruition with support from council and students from John Paul II Catholic School, is a collection of edible plants indigenous to the local area that will, as they grow, provide a fresh source of produce for the local community.

One Community Together project officer Kathryn Cranny said forming an official landcare group made sense as it gave community members the opportunity to participate in the work OCT was already doing to improve the landscape across Clarence Plains.

“Landcare groups are so important as they give people a sense of purpose, as well as ownership over the public open spaces they use every day,” she said.

“Forming this group will help to build our network of volunteers to enhance our community, forge connections between people and provide essential habitats for birds and insects.

“Our main aim is to revitalise, maintain and develop garden spaces, and over the next 12 months we are hoping to expand the work we are already doing in the Clarendon Vale Community Park.

“This includes starting to plan for the development of the third area allocated to us by council, with the community already saying they would like more areas with plants, mulch, and seating.

“As a collective impact initiative and newly formed landcare group, being registered with council provides financial support and gives us as avenue to share resources and knowledge so we can work together to improve these community spaces.”

Clarence City Council Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman said council was proud to actively support and manage numerous landcare and coastcare groups throughout the municipality.

“Clarence has a long history of landcare and coastcare groups and much of this longevity is due to consistent council support combined with the dedication of volunteers committed to looking after their local patch,” he said.

“These groups are often an integral part of their local community, creating strong social networks where people work together to take responsibility for their local environment.

“We are pleased to be able to provide ongoing support to these groups to enhance their efforts in improving our city so everyone can enjoy these public spaces for years to come.”

For more information on volunteering in Clarence, visit www.ccc.tas.gov.au/volunteerwithus.