Wagga Wagga City Council is pleased to announce an ambitious revegetation project for Bomen, which will see 58 hectares of previously cleared land planted with more than 50,000 seedlings.
The five year project will receive $250,000 funding from Bomen Solar Farm, as part of a partnership with Spark Renewables (owner of the farm) and Westpac (which purchases green power from the farm). It will see four separate sites planted out with a mixture of native trees, shrubs and ground covers by Council staff, contractors and volunteers.
The sites have been prepared in consultation with the local Wiradjuri community, with Manager Environment & Regulatory Services Mark Gardiner saying it was rare for Council’s Environment team to gain access to an area of land this size.
“We’re very happy to have this opportunity to work with Spark Renewables and Westpac to revegetate these sites,” Mr Gardiner said.
“It’s encouraging to see private industry take affirmative action in the communities in which they operate and work with Council to help improve our region’s biodiversity and provide the habitat needed to restore our native fauna populations.
“The Bomen Revegetation Project feeds into Council’s Biodiversity Strategy: Maldhangilanha 2020-2030 and includes land previously identified in our Special Activation Precinct Master Plan as a greening space.
“We’ve already organised for 15,000 native seedlings to go into the ground this winter alone – it’s going to be beautiful to see the space transform.”