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Dirty work pays off for flood helpers

HELPING HANDS: Dirty Gloves volunteers Matt Baker, Simona Borra and Michael Favel help clean up Sid Plant’s property near Oakey. The Queensland Murray-Darling Committee volunteer program wraps up soon.
HELPING HANDS: Dirty Gloves volunteers Matt Baker, Simona Borra and Michael Favel help clean up Sid Plant’s property near Oakey. The Queensland Murray-Darling Committee volunteer program wraps up soon. Laura Hunt

A PROGRAM that helped farmers get back on their feet following flood damage has been named a finalist in the Queensland Regional Achievement and Community Awards.

The Queensland Murray-Darling Committee's Dirty Gloves program recruited 115 volunteers to work on 123 properties to help more than 200 farmers this year.

It is one of three finalists for the Peabody Environment and Landcare Award, which recognises individuals, groups and organisations educating their community and showcasing their dedication to preserving the environment.

The Dirty Gloves program attracted helpers from around the globe.

It ran seven days a week over six months, and also assisted in the recovery of many hundreds of hectares of sensitive riparian zones within the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin.

The volunteers and farmers banded together to fence off local riparian areas, quickly preventing stock impacting the area, eradicated weed infestations and planted native trees on local farming land.

The Toowoomba community also benefited, with volunteers helping beautify the city's parks and reserves by removing weeds and planting native trees.

The winner of the award will be announced at a gala dinner on November 9 at the Toowoomba showgrounds.

Topics:  awards flood recovery landcare oswald volunteers


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