Friends of Baldwin Swamp thanked for service

Friends of Baldwin Swamp
The Friends of Baldwin Swamp group has disbanded due to dwindling numbers after nearly 30 years of service.

The Friends of Baldwin Swamp group has disbanded after nearly 30 years of service due to lack of numbers.

Bundaberg Regional Council’s Community Conservation Advisory Group (CCAG) was informed of the decision recently.

Council’s general manager community and environment Gavin Steele praised members for their contribution over three decades.

“This small band of dedicated people have devoted many hours to caring for Baldwin Swamp and improving the natural environment,” he said.

“As people get older it’s understandable they want to see new members share the workload and it’s disappointing that others haven’t joined them.

“Council sincerely thanks the Friends of Baldwin Swamp for their commitment, enthusiasm and assistance.”

Janet Tallon advised the CCAG meeting on Friday, 30 August that Friends president Don Lynch was unwell and he would be stepping down.

Mrs Tallon indicated she didn’t wish to take on the role and there were no other possible successors.

She said the Friends Group had limited membership numbers and volunteers were elderly.

Mr Steele said volunteers play an important role in natural resource management.

“Council will look at what can be done to encourage greater community participation in sharing responsibility to maintain and enhance the Baldwin Swamp area,” he said.

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