Reclaiming the reserve

Rob Burdett and John Walter from Malmsbury District Landcare are pictured alongside the fence the group recently constructed following extensive weed removal. Photo: Sandy ScheltemaMalmsbury District landcarers are set to receive funding to enable them to proceed with the second stage of their vision to enhance the beauty of the Malmsbury Viaduct.

Their successful application for a $20,000 Victorian Landcare grant will enable them to continue with their extensive weed removal program and develop plans for future stages including native revegetation, a walking path and interpretive signage.

“Malmsbury District Landcare is reclaiming the channel reserve for the community,” said group member, John Walter. “Before we completed stage 1, this area was inaccessible to the public. When the project is completed you will be able to get to the historic sites which were previously choked with weeds, and apart from providing a wonderful view of the viaduct, it will showcase the indigenous plants of the district’s volcanic soils which are now almost impossible to see anywhere else locally.”

Mr Walter received last year’s Hepburn Shire Citizen of the Year award for his community work.

“I originally joined landcare to get to know local people as we had purchased land locally and planned to move here. The group’s spray trailer was also a big attraction as we had a significant gorse problem. We all want to be part of a strong community, but strong communities do not happen automatically. You have to work for that to happen. I’m passionate about our local flora and am happy

to share my knowledge of local flora with the community. It is not much value to anyone if the knowledge is just stuck in my head and my books.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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