Everybody Needs Good Neighbours Thu 6 September 2012 Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment Parks and Wildlife Service Coningham area residents are invited to a neighbourhood get-together at Coningham beach car park for activities and information about managing weeds, the State's new cat laws, fire management and WILDCARE's new volunteer training program in schools. The 'Everybody Needs Good Neighbours' event on Saturday 8 September is a cooperative effort of the Kingborough Council, Friends of Coningham Nature Recreation Area and the Parks and Wildlife Service. It follows on from a successful community open day held last year at the Coningham Nature Recreation Area. The event features native plant give-aways and assistance in weed identification from experts in weed control. There will also be information about the state's new cat management laws and an opportunity to view a cat enclosure. Guided walks in the Coningham reserve, kids' activities and a barbecue are also planned. Kingborough Council Acting Mayor Steve Wass said the event is a great opportunity for Coningham area residents to learn about the local reserve and practical ways of helping to keep it in good health including weed management both in residents' backyards and in the reserve. "Kingborough Council is committed to controlling declared weeds across the municipality," Mr Wass said. "We have a dedicated team tackling these issues in a strategic way. Community partnerships and working together with community are crucial to our success in this area." Parks and Wildlife Service Southern Region manager Ashley Rushton said Coningham is a great example of how powerful community involvement can be in turning around a reserve that had suffered badly from vandalism, weed infestation and degradation as a result of illegal vehicle access, rubbish dumping and wood theft. "Thanks to the involvement of the Friends of Coningham and other interested local residents, the reserve is now seen a real asset to the community and people enjoy having access to the reserve for experiencing its natural values as well as recreation and social activities," Mr Rushton said. "Involving local school students in the Wilds'cool program has also been invaluable. The program, funded by WILDCARE Inc, in partnership with the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS), trains WILDCARE Inc members to become volunteer educators in schools, encouraging ongoing environmental activities within the school grounds and in nearby local reserves." Everybody Needs Good Neighbours is on Saturday 8 September from 10am to 2pm at the Coningham beach car park.