BLAIR RESERVE LANDCARE PROJECT
The Port Macquarie Landcare - Blair Reserve project commenced officially in 2004 with the
construction of a raised boardwalk, to which concrete paths have been progressively
added. Walking paths now link Hart, Hassall and Pettit Streets and provide ready
access to the oval and children�s play equipment in Blair Street. The total area is 3.13 hectares.
Blair Reserve forms a critical link in the system of vegetated corridors that link
many parts of the Port Macquarie urban area, thus allowing enhanced movement of native
wildlife from one area to another. Three threatened species are included in the 72 birds,
5 frogs and 3 mammals found within Blair Reserve. The Koala is a regular feature on a walk
through the Reserve. The local volunteers making up the Blair Reserve team have alone
provided nearly 4,000 hours of labour, removing/mulching weeds and adding over 15,000
plants (including 3,000 Koala food trees).
The Blair Reserve team works in conjunction with Hastings Council, local schools and the
Green Gym to improve wildlife habitat and the visual amenity of Blair Reserve. One example
of cooperation with local schools occurred in December 2008 when 21 Port Macquarie High School
students arrived by coach at Blair Reserve, ready to support the on-going Landcare / Hastings
Council project. They joined 8 volunteers on site, and some 895 plants were added to the Reserve
in a mighty combined effort during the four hour period. The work included weeding, digging holes
for plants and then placing the plants in the ground, mulching and watering.
The Blair Reserve team is gradually restoring this valuable piece of bushland by replacing
invasive pest (introduced) plants with indigenous native species. This includes planting
in and along two creek-lines, actually in the creek bed with water loving grasses and
sedges, and in the adjacent riparian zone. These plants will be beneficial in preventing
erosion and in providing excellent habitat for local wildlife.
Members of the public are invited to enjoy the walk through the Reserve (accessed from Hart,
Hassall, Pettit or Blair Streets – and particularly to join the happy team of volunteers every
Tuesday and Sunday mornings from 8.30am, meeting on the corner of Hart and Hassall Street .
The work involved will be adjusted to suit the abilities of the volunteer.
Phone: 0432 141 605
nursery @ landcareportmac.com.au
So where are we?
Which Blair team!