Environmental Pioneers

One Planting Season

The following extract from the KCA newsletter is an accurate snapshot of one planting season.

Minio at work in the nursery.
Minio at work in the nursery.

KCA Newsletter October 2001
“Some 5,500 indigenous plants were placed in the reserves by the KCA from May-October. Frankston City Council contributed with the planting of a further 9,000+ plants in June and October. These plants were produced from local seed and cuttings by KCA volunteers.
Total planted in the reserves being 14,750 for 2001.”


Notable Milestones under Allan’s Reserves leadership

1996
Reserves accorded Land for Wildlife status. This was a direct consequence of the work that had been completed by volunteers.
1998
National Heritage Trust Grant approved for KCA restoration of flood plain in the central section of the reserves.
2001
National Heritage Trust project completed.
September 2004
KCA awarded 2004 Regional Landcare Award by Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority.
Kananook Creek Association were the honoured recipients of the ‘Caring for Waterways’ Award.
February 2005
Completion of the Fiocchi Ave to Beach St section of trail directly linking the reserves to the business district. The creeks reserves are now accessible for more than 7.5 km from Carrum to central Frankston.
November 2005
The KCA were the proud state winners of the NAB Volunteer Award (Environment category).


ENVIRONMENTAL PIONEERS AWARD

Frankston City News November 2010

Allan receives award
Cr Christine Richards presents Allan Sisson with the Environmental Pioneers Award.
“Allan has official ‘legend’ status among his colleagues at the Kananook Creek Association, where his leadership has inspired many others. After a 1988 fire destroyed the Kananook Creek Northern Reserves, Allan developed a sustainable system to restore the reserve and walking trails, which is the basis for the system used across Frankston City today.

Under Allan’s guidance, the KCA has planted 90,000 native plants and pulled out more than one million weeds. Allan’s processes for collecting seeds and propagating native plants are now used by the Frankston Indigenous Nursery.

Allan’s wife Yvonne has also been a crucial part of this community, always providing welcoming hospitality to the brigade of volunteers.”


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Clean Up Australia Day – Vonne, 2nd from left, Allan right with friends and neighbours.