Two local women who love the beach and bush atmosphere of Cabarita are driving interest in Cabarita Dune Care.
Faye Nash, a former primary-school teacher, has spent most of her life maintaining her own or someone else’s garden. She would spend hours planting, watering and pruning her school’s extensive grounds. During the school day she taught grades three and four physical education and – where she could – gardening. She is a power-packed little atom bomb of energy, which made her highly valued and respected in her Mt Waverley community in Victoria. Now retired, she has brought all those skills to Cabarita DuneCare. She has successfully organised the last three national tree-planting days with Bogangar Primary School.
In partnership with Annie Pollard, a young mum with wheelbarrow-loads of knowledge about plants, the Cabarita DuneCare group is flourishing. Annie completed a horticulture course and worked with NSW National Parks and Wildlife around Sydney. She has also worked at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and on the Whitsundays. She helped create the natural setting for a resort on Stradbroke Island. Now she is volunteering her expertise to run the nursery at the Cabarita Sports Club. Collecting local seeds, raising seedlings, propagating and setting up the nursery happens every third Tuesday of the month at the sports club. A growing library of books is kept there and Annie will help teach anyone interested.
Together Annie and Faye bring an infectious feeling of harmony and friendliness to the group. Six new members have joined this season, adding even more vibrancy to the 30-strong group and making it the envy of many others.
Activities include working parties – on the first Saturday of the month and the second Wednesday of the month – and the nursery group, which is on the third Tuesday of the month.
If you would like to join, contact Faye Nash 0407 831 370 or Annie Pollard 0415 896 949.