A community planting day and balmy Autumn temperatures are the perfect excuse to get out of the house and back to nature this Sunday. 
Come along to Rifle Range Creek in Nelson Park, along Gardiner Road between Taronga Avenue and Hill Street, from 10am to help create a nature “highway” for Orange’s fauna to easily travel from north to south.
Orange City Council’s Parks, Trees and Waterways Committee Chair Cr Reg Kidd, said residents might remember when the creek in this section of Nelson Park was a blocked drain full of Willows and shopping trolleys.
“A phenomenal amount of work has been put in over the last few years to clean the place up and most of that work has been done by volunteers,” Cr Kidd said. 
“The community should feel proud of what it has achieved but we’re asking for a few helping hands again this weekend.
“We’ll be planting a range of native trees, shrubs and grasses alongside the creek to enhance the biodiversity of the area and create a highway for animals and birds to travel from one side of Orange to the other.
“Other than doing something for the community, the planting day will be a great family day out, hands on fun in the sun. 
“I’m looking forward to seeing you there.”
Volunteers will need to bring their own gloves, hats, covered shoes and sunscreen and are welcome to a free barbecue after the community planting day. The community planting day is funded by Local Land Services.