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Farmer Army enhancing Stock Road street appeal

1 July, 2020

Gunnedah Shire Council is undertaking a new project to enhance and beautify the islands on Stock Road.

Several new garden beds will be established along the footpath of the Stock Road islands, between Links Road and Apex Road.

Native vegetation and drought tolerant species will be used to develop biodiversity and brighten the streetscape. Tree planting will also be conducted to create a succession for ageing trees along the islands.

Numerous native plants will provide cheerful spring colours, with plants of several species to be featured. Such plants include variations of grevillea, westringia, callistemon, scaevola, liriope muscari, and polygala.

The project will be undertaken by Gunnedah Shire Council’s Farmer Army. Originally started to offer paid, temporary work for primary producers during the drought, the Farmer Army has recently been expanded to include locals struggling to find paid employment due to COVID-19.

Council’s Manager of Public Facilities Ashley Gardner said improving open spaces throughout the Shire was a priority for Council, and is thrilled to have the Farmer Army on board to help get these projects up and running.

“The Farmer Army Program is a great initiative that will see a number of exciting projects that are in the pipeline come to life,” Mrs Gardner said.

“The Stock Road islands are a popular walking track and this particular project will result in a better experience for those using the area and will develop a sustainable, attractive, low maintenance landscape for the long term.”

Garden work at Stock Road will commence shortly, and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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Media contact: Eliza Gallen (02) 6740 2100.