Omni Executive do marvellous work for Maccas on the Murrumbidgee

By Siwan Lovett


There is nothing like a planting event to remind you of how fortunate we are to do the work we do. On a cold and blustery Wednesday April 14, a large bus appeared over the rise with a group of Omni Executive staff and families keen to do their bit for the Maccas living in the Upper Murrumbidgee River. They came to plant trees, shrubs and grasses along a stretch of river we know the Maccas love for its rock riffles and deep pools.

Bus arrives with the Omni Executive 'planters'.
Omni Executive 'planters' getting ready.

It has to be said that the wind threatened to blow us all away with gusts of up to 70 kms per hour(!), however, spirits remained high, and as you can see from the photos, everyone pitched in and got those plants into the ground.

Tools. buckets and plants at the ready.
Satisfaction of getting plants into the ground.
Great to see the white cartons protecting new plants.
Graham doing a demo.
Happy planters!

The final number was 960 plants into the ground which is a wonderful outcome. Even better is that a week after they went in we got a nice shower of rain which will keep those plants fresh and hopefully keen to grow.

Thankyou to everyone who worked so hard to make this event happen. We will be sure to keep up the photos to show how the plants progress over the coming year. Extra special thanks to Lori, Margaret, Jess, Cole, Jon and Christine for making the day happen. We cannot forget our Greening Australia partners Graham and Julian for running the day, and neighbour Ted Streatfeild for helping to prepare the site.

The GA and RoC team - Lori, Kelly, Graham, Siwan and Julian.

If you would like to learn more about the work we are doing for Macquarie perch on the Upper Murrumbidgee the story below is a great place to start.

Photo credits: Siwan Lovett and Omni Executive

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