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The Yankalilla Community Nursery was established to grow local native plants for coastal community projects and large-scale carbon offsetting revegetation with species recovery aims. The District Council of Yankalilla has provided a separate compound in the Council depot for volunteers to grow local native plants under the supervision and guidance of Corey Jackson, Council’s Coastal Conservation Officer. The volunteer base through the Normanville Natural Resource Centre has increased through a series of grants with Conservation Volunteers Australia aimed at community participation.
The Yankalilla Community Nursery has grown from a small operation growing 2,000 - 4,000 seedlings to this year growing over 15,000 seedlings in just two growing seasons. We have undertaken upgrades as opportunities arise, but the facility is lacking key features for volunteers such as toilets, hand washing and food areas.
Council’s Coastal Conservation Officer has successfully gained a Bushfire Recovery Nursery Infrastructure and Assets Grant of $40,000 to fund a portable toilet with hand washing facilities that will be based onsite at the nursery and will be used for community planting events. Plumbing at the site will be improved to include a permanent washing area with a sink and have separate food preparation and eating areas. A planting trailer will be funded to facilitate moving large numbers of plants and materials allowing for more plants to be planted at community events.
An expansion and upgrade of the growing areas will occur because of this grant that will double the capacity that can be grown for community environmental projects.