In line with the Victorian Government announcement from 11.59pm, Thursday 10 June 2021 further restrictions will be eased across Victoria. We have new, approved directions and communications for volunteering which differ for both Melbourne and regional Victoria.
For regional Victoria; volunteering can continue with up to 20 people. Metropolitan Melbourne volunteers are not permitted to join regional volunteer activities. Face masks are required outdoors in Regional Victoria when physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.
All Parks Victoria volunteer activities will be managed in alignment with the Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19) including the need for physical distancing, personal protective equipment and good hygiene.
At this stage Friends of the Prom is still planning for its tree-planting activity at Tidal River on Saturday 3rd July to go ahead and also the AGM on Sunday 4th, subject to Covid restrictions at the time.
Always check with the DHHS website for the up to date list of Covid19 restrictions.
On Saturday 22 May, 42 volunteers met at the former airstrip on the Yanakie Isthmus to help restore a woodland of Swamp Gums.
About 120 years ago, this area supported a healthy woodland where koalas were plentiful. The land was leased to settlers who were required to clear the trees under the terms of their lease and develop grazing land.
We are helping Parks Victoria restore this altered area and have planted 480 Swamp Gums since May 2018.
Each tree is protected from the abundant grazing animals in the area (kangaroos, deer, wallabies, wombats and rabbits) by a heavy duty steel tree-guard.
The tree-guards were built by Friends of the Prom volunteers using materials funded from several Victorian Government grants. Volunteers propagate the tree seedlings at the Tidal River nursery.