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SSC Newspaper : August 2010
By Matt Khoury Volunteering, the key to providing so many community ser vices, is making a welcome return to the streets of Strath eld, with people from all walks of life now becoming actively involved. Organisations as diverse as Meals on Wheels and the Friends of Strath eld Library could not operate without the input of volunteers and, more recently, a group of young volunteers got involved with a valuable conservation project in the Strath eld area. A group of students a ending a Hwa Tsang Monastery, which conducts classes in Buddhism, mathematics and other subjects at Homebush High School, is taking part in a Bushcare program aimed at saving hundreds of rare plant species along the banks of the Cooks River. e regeneration program is being run by Michael Kiddle, a Bushcare co-ordinator, and directed by the Strath eld Council's Alex McKenzie. e program aims to save over two hundred indigenous plant species in the Cumberland basin. "We go wherever the council sends us," says Kiddle, a dedicated conser vationist who has been sourcing rare and indigenous plants along the Cooks River for eight years. "Most of the volunteers are largely Asian kids who help out once a month," he says. "We have about 150 students through the program every year. We educate them about indigenous botany and they help us contain plant erosion" e current Bushcare program has already focussed on the maintenance of wetlands at Mason Park and the re-landscaping with indigenous plants at Dean Reserve. According to Kiddle there the banks of the Cooks River were traditionally home to a number of interesting bush tucker plants such as lomandra, Warragul spinach and blady grass. "With the lomandra, you can eat the new tops of the shoots. ey're a bit like nuts," Kiddle says. Hwa Tsang monastery has been running a tuition program at Homebush since 1979 in order to help migrant and refugee children overcome their language and economic disadvantages. Are you motivated to do something for your community? A number of vital ser vice organisation are always looking for extra help. If you think you can help please consider one of the following options: Homebush Meals on Wheels. is group provides meals right across the district; e State Emergency Service (SES) has a Strath eld branch and is always looking for new recruits; Friends of Strath eld Library (FOSL). is volunteer organisation raises awareness, funds and gives practical assistance; e local Bushcare program meets once a month on weekend mornings to plant trees across the municipality. For more information go to www. strath eld.nsw.gov.au/ or phone the Strath eld Council. Volunteer army take on more and more tasks TELL STRATHFIELD ABOUT YOUR EVENTS Michael Kiddle and one of the volunteers work on a greening project 4 Strathfield Scene august 2010 NEWS Post them free at www.ourstrathfield.com.au