AS the saying goes ‘dogs are a man’s best friend’, and this age-old mateship and affection for our furry friends was on full display when many adorable dogs, along with their owners, flocked to Citywide’s annual Dog’s Breakfast initative in Brighton.
Held last month at Sandown Spit, Citywide’s Bayside Open Space team kept with tradition and coordinated the popular event.
The day was a success with hundreds of local community members and dogs in attendance.
In its sixth year, the initiative promotes the importance of every dog to be on a lead, especially in public and environmentally sensitive areas.
The Citywide Bushland & Nursery team put on a complimentary BBQ as well as plenty of food and water for the pooches.
Team Leader Jo Hurse says the coast in Bayside is a remarkable space for Melburnians to get together and walk their dogs.
“Our team work very hard to maintain the luscious flora and fauna in the area,” Jo said.
The Citywide team who have the privilege of looking after the local Bayside Community Nursery run on average 8 working bees a month with the help of approximately 60 volunteers. “We use the Dog’s Breakfast as an opportunity to tell people about the benefits of volunteering and how much they can make a difference to the local community,” she said.
“Much of the work we carry out is concentrated around Black Rock and Beaumaris, so a lot of people in other areas of Bayside haven’t heard about the Bushland Crew or the Nursery and what we do.”
Citywide’s Bushland crew also run around 8 working bees a month with the help of a committed and passionate network of over 100 volunteers.
One major initiative both teams are part of include National Tree Planting Day. The annual event sees community members return natural flora and fauna to the City of Bayside. It’s a great way for local community members to learn more about their local environment. As volunteers they have a range of expertise and passion for carrying out important weed control and revegetation across Bayside.
To find out more about the fantastic work being done in the Bayside community visit www.citywide.com.au/our-projects/open-space/bayside-community-nursery