On Sunday 15th May, after a number of COVID-19 related postponements, we finally got celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Warringal Conservation Society. It was a lovely sunny day and approximately 50 members and friends attended. We started out by planting 450 plants at Tawny Pond next to the carpark at Banyule Flats, before moving to the swamp to reflect on the 50+ year history of our group over a brunch and a cup of tea supplied by the Banyule City Council. WCS committee members Daphne Hards, Anthea Fleming and James Deane spoke about the history and achievemnts of our group. Anthea and Heather Smith produced a leaflet summarising the history of WCS for the day. Chris Callahan from the Banyule Bush Crew talked about the remarkable extent of revegetation at Banyule Flats and the close working relationship that WCS and the Banyule Ciy Council enjoy. Attendees included foundation members Liz Evans and Lorraine Wallis who concluded the formal part of the gathering by unveiling a plaque recognising Warringal Conservation Society's 50 years of protecting and restoring the environment. We then gathered for a few photos in front of the giant yellow 50 that Don Stokes and Heather Smith made to celebrate the occassion. A big thank you to everyone who has contributed the Warringal Conservation Society over our long history.
Photos: John Milkins