Water Corporation employees get hands dirty for a good cause

Planting seedlings isn’t part of a normal days’ work for the Water Corporation team in Northam – but that’s exactly what happened on Tuesday of last week where the banks where the Mortlock and Avon Rivers meet.

Water Corporation employees got their hands dirty with members of the Avon Valley Environmental Society, planting Melaleuca seedlings and river reeds, and applying mulch to prevent soil erosion.

Water Corporation Goldfields and Agricultural regional manager Sharon Broad, said the project was the first the Northam team had taken part in after recently becoming a member of VolunteeringWA.

Water Corporation staff get busy planting on the local river banks last week to protect against erosion.

Water Corporation staff get busy planting on the local river banks last week to protect against erosion.

“We had such an enjoyable time knowing our work was not only assisting the Avon Valley Environmental Society, but also directly benefiting the community and the local flora and fauna,” Ms Broad said.

“We made the decision to join VolunteeringWA so we can contribute to the Northam community at a grass roots level.

“I am really proud of our team for the commitment they showed - it warms my heart we were able to work together for such a great cause.

“We are looking forward to taking part in more volunteering opportunities in the future to help give back to our community.”

Avon Valley Environmental Society secretary Peter Weatherly agreed, saying it was a productive day that would enhance long-term environmental resilience. 

“It was great to meet new people that were using their practical skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to support the community,” Mr Weatherly said. 

“We look forward to further contact with such groups so that together we can increase the nation’s social capital.”

Volunteers are the backbone of any community and in 2014 alone, the contributions of Western Australia's volunteers were worth $39 billion.

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For more information about getting involved in your community, visit volunteeringwa.org.au