The local community took part in a tree planting ceremony today designed to revitalise ecosystems along the Gardiners Creek Corridor.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project involves revegetating three sites along the corridor – Nettleton Park, Markham Reserve and Ashburton Forest.
“Caring for and improving our urban environments is vital and Gardiners Creek provides residents with all the benefits associated with outdoor rest and recreation areas,” Minister Nash said.
“Revegetating the corridor will help to restore the natural balance of the area, creating more opportunities for education and community engagement activities.
“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to and improving the wildlife habitat and providing nature education for the community does just that.”
Federal Member for Higgins Kelly O’Dwyer, who today marked the start of the revegetation by planting the first tree, said the project will help create a healthier local ecosystem.
“The project includes site preparation, weed control, mulching of the revegetation zone, and the purchase and planting of indigenous plants and trees,” Ms O’Dwyer said.
“It will assist with facilitating passive recreation such as wildlife observation, walking and biking and will help attract more people to the area.”
The Coalition Government fully funded the $27,000 Future Biodiversity Site Revegetation – Gardiners Creek Corridor project.