AT THE Annual General Meeting of the Friends of The Prom on July 12, Life Membership was awarded to local couple Elizabeth and Marc Moerkerk, very worthy recipients of this honour.
Marc and Elizabeth have been involved in “hands on” conservation of the natural environment for well over twenty years, firstly at their home in Waratah Bay where they were very active in the revegetation and weed eradication of the foreshore.
In 1996 they joined the Friends of The Prom, becoming particularly active in the Nursery Group. This involved travelling on alternate Thursdays to Tidal River nursery, where they put their expertise to good use in helping to collect seeds and cuttings and nurturing them until they were ready to be planted out in the requisite areas of the park. Many thousands of these “babies” are now flourishing, contributing to the beauty and diversity of the Prom vegetation.
Marc’s handyman skills have also been invaluable in the Friends’ development of an efficient nursery setup out of a rather rundown old works area. (It was used as an ammunition dump during the Second World War!)
Their good work has continued locally since they moved four years ago to Foster, where they attend the Foster branch of the South Gippsland Conservation Society and have transformed an almost bare patch of ground into a beautiful and productive garden at their home in Landy Street. Happily, The Prom continues to be a very important part of their lives. Well done, Elizabeth and Marc!