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January 6, 2017
You’ve seen backyards getting the ‘blitz’ treatment on television, but now that spirit is spilling out into the streets and going public!
The streets of Flemington are getting a makeover with the help of the Flemington Green Ninja Army, local volunteer members with a common goal to green up and beautify neglected streetscapes around the city.
Commanding the Green Ninja army is Robert Karkut, resplendent in a combination of safety orange and khaki.
“I started it out with my own money, committed $1000 to buy some tools and these safety jackets with the logo on it, which we got back eventually with the support of the local traders when we planted up the shopping strip,” Robert explains.
“Then residents got involved, now we have five trolleys like this, even a jackhammer to break up the soil between the roots of the trees that can be rock-hard sometimes.”
“We started out planting whatever we could get – agapanthus and whatever – and then council came along and started giving us local indigenous plants species. They used to drop off a few dozen plants in a ute, now they rock up in a truck and give me 800 plants at a time!”
The operation is carefully planned with military precision. The ‘strike zone’ is identified and mapped, with Base Stations identified – addresses where residents are happy for the team to access water and use the rubbish bin.
A planting plan is agreed, mulch and plants organised, a date and time arranged and then the squad mobilises into action.
“My idea is to basically have a number of ninjas in every street and those people set the example and take responsibility of watering those plants, and hopefully it’ll motivate others,” Mr Karkut said.
“It brings the community together. We’re ninjas because we’re secret guardians and protectors of our street. I have a pretty stressful job, and I just find it really relaxing, you see something rewarding for your effort.. And everyone’s a winner – wildlife, us locals, birds, plants ,insects, even council - everyone’s a winner, nobody’s a loser here!”
For more details or to find out how to get involved, call 0409 938 499 or email Mr Karkut HERE.