Hundreds expected for Minyip plant-out weekend

YARRILINKS organisers have called on the Wimmera community to get behind the event at Minyip next month.

The 14th annual tree-planting weekend on August 4 and 5 involves volunteers from Melbourne travelling to the Wimmera to plant 5000 trees.

Many of this year's volunteers will be from Adult Multicultural Education Services and Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning programs, and will include people of Chinese, Syrian, Thai, Karen, German and Sudanese backgrounds.

The volunteers stay with Wimmera host families.

Wimmera Catchment Management Authority Linking Landscapes project manager Rae Talbot said she was still looking for Wimmera volunteers and host families to be involved with the event.

"They will be helping their environment and they are the ones who will benefit from that in the long term," she said.

"We have come a long way to becoming a multicultural nation with people coming to Yarrilinks the interaction we have is amazing and the relationships that have developed are wonderful.

"They are the things I am so proud of.

"A lot of these people do not have connections with other people and have not been exposed to rural life."

Mrs Talbot said a highlight of the weekend would be a dinner on Saturday night.

"Shanaka Fernando from Lentil As Anything will be catering the dinner with local produce and other community groups will help with catering," she said.

"We have got Leo Tellefson from Donald and Sandra Loats from Rupanyup performing and Barengi Gadjin Land Council also has a dance troupe coming to do an interactive dance session.

"We always ask if anyone else would like to get up and perform last year we had a Chinese opera singer and dancer."

Mrs Talbot said anyone wanting to be involved in the event could contact her at talbotr@wcma.vic.gov.au.

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