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Wet winter sets scene

Organisers preparing for the 14th annual Yarrilinks tree-planting, Landcare and cultural weekend at Minyip next week have described a wet June and July as ‘the perfect preparation’.
Event spokeswoman Rae Talbot said the hope was now for a few dry days in the lead-up to the August 4 and 5 event so 150 volunteers could get 6000 plants in the ground.
Rae Talbot, Wimmera Catchment Management Authority Linking Landscapes project manager, said Yarrilinks committee was finalising last minute-details for the weekend which will involve planting two sites on the farm of Leigh and Marsha Funcke, children’s activities, a farm tour at Lubeck and a Lentil as Anything feast at Minyip Hall.
Shanaka Fernando and chefs from his restaurant chain Lentil As Anything as well as volunteers from Adult Multicultural Education Services and Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning programs in Melbourne will converge on Minyip for the project.
“We still need more local volunteers, host families, warm jackets and gumboots so if anyone can help out we’d love to hear from you,” Ms Talbot said.
“The best way to get in touch to help out is to email me at Wimmera CMA on” Volunteers have until the end of today to register.
Ms Talbot said Yarrilinks was possible thanks to support from Geoff Handbury through Ace Radio Broadcasters, Wimmera Grain Company, Wimmera CMA, district volunteers and host families.
“Yarrilinks has provided a fantastic boost to the local environment, economy and community spirit for many years,” she said.
“The event has created so many links through both the biodiversity it has created on farms and roadsides as well as lifelong friendships with people of Chinese, Syrian, Amharic, Thai, Karen, Tamil, German and Sudanese backgrounds.”
The event alternates between Yarriambiack Shire towns, providing a boost to small businesses and district economies with supplies and services sourced when possible from the host communities.
“This year, groups to benefit will include Minyip Primary School and Minyip Kindergarten which will help cater for the 600-plus meals volunteers consume during the busy weekend,” Ms Talbot said.

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