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Moree Water Ski Club holding working bee at Moree Water Park

Moree Water Ski Club are hosting a working bee at the water park next weekend.
Moree Water Ski Club are hosting a working bee at the water park next weekend.

Moree Water Ski Club are inviting everyone interested in what's happening at the Moree Water Park to a working bee on Saturday February 22, in conjunction with a come and try day and mini tournament they are hosting at the same time.

Those wanting to get their hands dirty are encouraged to lend a hand at the working bee any time between 9am and 3pm with the recent rain meaning there's plenty of weeding, spraying and tree-planting to do.

The club has committed to planting 9,000 native trees and shrubs around the Moree Water Park as part of the federal government's 20 million trees project.

The recent rain has topped up the moisture profile and the club has 400 trees on their way to be planted on the day.

"With the help of volunteers and project partners Joblink plus, Work for the Dole and Corrective Services, the club has already planted over 4,000 trees and installed over 12 kilometres of drip line irrigation, but the drought had forced the club to enter a protect and maintain phase and postpone all new plantings," Moree Water Ski Club president James von Drehnen said.

Mr von Drehnen said the plantings are designed to create a nature reserve within the park, interconnecting the stock routes and open grass areas.

"We'll be planting a number of endangered species of trees that are at risk. Not only is it an environmental project, it will also create shade for water park visitors and provide a wind break around the lakes," he said.

"With the support of a grant from Cotton Farmers Grow Communities we now have the materials ready to start constructing the shade shelter for the new 'Gwydir Bay' area.

"This will become the designated community swimming area until the circuit lake is operational and when finished will include a dock, beach and shade shelter.

"Bring the family and come out for a look, dogs on leads are welcome and we'll be running a come and try day and mini tournament on one of the lakes so it won't be all work and no play".