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Coffs environment benefits from one-man war against lantana

Peter Walsh is waging a war on lantana on McCauleys Headland. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate
Peter Walsh is waging a war on lantana on McCauleys Headland. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate Rob Wright

HE MIGHT not be familiar, but if you've ever walked the headland track from Macauleys to Diggers the result of this man's hard toil makes it one of the city's memorable adventures.

Once a week for the past few months Peter Walsh has been head down, bum up removing weeds from the headland, ensuring its environmental integrity and enhancing the picture postcard views.

"I was walking over the headland last year and got talking to veteran Landcarer Frank Kennedy and decided to join him in cleaning up the area," Peter said.

"So I joined Landcare and joined Frank, and I couldn't be happier knowing that by removing the lantana and cassia we are helping the native flora come back."

Along the way he's made more than a few discoveries.

"I've seen snakes and a goanna, I've found a lot of bottles and cans and I've worked out that jumping ants really sting. I recently found a Second World War bunker among the lantana.

"But most importantly I've found a lot of satisfaction in volunteering to do something for the environment.

"I would recommend getting involved in Landcare to anyone. It's good for the soul."

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