Derek Goodwin from South Lismore Duck Pond Landcare at the site that is being cleared of weeds.
Derek Goodwin from South Lismore Duck Pond Landcare at the site that is being cleared of weeds. Cathy Adams

Share your memories of South Lismore Duck Pond this weekend

COME along to the South Lismore Duck Pond this Sunday to celebrate its restoration progress and share memories of this former meeting spot for family and friends.

Derek Goodwin, a member of a small team of volunteers clearing and restoring the pond, said everyone was welcome, but he was particularly keen to meet people with fond memories of the area.

“A lot of the old timers in particular have come down when I’ve been working, and they say, ‘wow, this was when I was a kid, we used to come here to play!’,” he said.

“This event ... it’s just letting people have a look around and to tell them we’re bringing this back.”

The South Lismore Duck Pond Landcare group has been working tirelessly since 2013 to clear out invasive coral trees and create a space for families to enjoy.

“The coral trees started growing about 10 years ago. I remember coming here and this was just flat,” Mr Goodwin said.

“It’s very intensive work (to remove the trees) ... we poison them, then cut them down ... you have to wait six to eight months for the tree to die.”

As well as clearing weeds the group has placed benches, built stairs and planted indigenous trees and grasses on the site.

Mr Goodwin said there was an alternative access point off Ostrom St for Sunday’s visitors who could not use the stairs off the Union St entry point.

“I cut a track in from Ostrom St, mainly to bring gear in, and I built a bridge,” he said.

“So older folk who might not like to negotiate stairs are more than welcome to drive in.

“Any car can negotiate it – you don’t need a four-wheel drive.”



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