Shoalhaven Riverwatch's seventh working bee for the year was a great success.
The 16 volunteers were productive and built 100 metres of sand sausage at Bamarang to protect the riverbank from erosion.
Afterwards they enjoyed a barbecue lunch together.
Shoalhaven Riverwatch members then presented certificates of appreciation to their supporters, North Nowra Butchery and The North Nowra Friendly Grocer who provide barbecue supplies for each working bee.
"The social aspect of Riverwatch is just as important as the environmental benefits, and the barbecue's that follow all of our working bees foster that social interaction and connection, making everyone feel welcome," President of Shoalhaven Riverwatch Peter Hanson said.
"Without the support of our sponsors, we couldn't afford to include the barbecue lunch which has become integral to our activities."
Shoalhaven Riverwatch, this year, has trialled holding working bees over consecutive days.
"In February and March we have held two three-day working bees to tackle some larger jobs at Bamarang," project manager Peter Jirgens said.
"This cuts the set up time for working bees, reduces the pressure to finish a project, as we can just continue on the following day and allows volunteers to come whichever day suits them the best.
"We have still averaged 18-20 volunteers each day which shows this approach is working for our volunteers as well."
Shoalhaven Riverwatch will continue to hold working bees every two to three weeks on the Shoalhaven River until the weather cools off in late May.
"We have working bees coming up at Riversdale and a large tree planting project at Bamarang," Mr Jirgens added
If you would like to get involved in volunteering for Shoalhaven Riverwatch, follow the links from their website www.shoalhavenriverwatch.org.au or contact Peter Jirgens on 0488 460 011.
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