Moorabool Landcare Network in partnership with Grow West
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We gave the Moorabool Landcare Network and Grow West nearly $20,000 to rehabilitate the banks of the Werribee River.
The outcomes of this project locally are going to be 5,000 plants being put back into this landscape from local genetics, so we'll be sourcing seeds from the local remnants to populate this landscape with what would have been here before European modification of the landscape. It's about linking up patches of habitat in the landscape to allow for species to move. We with our modern practices have carved up the landscape in a lot of senses - we've put roadways through it, fences and paddocks which really create some significant blockages to the movement of species. So that's where we're working with Grow West quite actively to create those linkages across the landscape between the Brisbane Rangers National Park to The Werribee Gorge to the Lederberg State Park. I've been pleasantly surprised by this landscape - like finding a platypus cavorting in the middle of the day just downstream a little bit was fantastic, and in creating this connectivity and seeing the flora and fauna thrive through here, the feeling of being on this country will be so much improved.
The grant will be used to remove serrated tussock and artichoke thistle along the banks of the river. The grant will help the Moorabool Landcare Network improve water quality and habitat potential, particularly for the vulnerable platypus who live around the site.