Our Apple tree wetlands restoration works are happening!
With funds in the bank our wetland restoration work has officially begun.
We met on site today with Debbie, the Senior Project Engineer from Major Road Projects Victoria and Mark, the Bass Coast Landcare and our works crew foreperson. Organising access to the project area and making sure it a possible to safely enter the wetlands from the existing Sth Gippy Highway is a priority and this is well in hand.
Just after the time we are using the new bit of road at the Minns road end of the roadworks (so middle of next month) we will have a access track down to the river from road. This involves removing pittosporum and spraying broom plants. The willows are also living on borrowed time, which is good news.
We will be growing the revegetation plants from seed collected locally- in or close to the project area, working with the Bass Coast community nursery to achieve this. If you want to be involved, let us know. Below are two photos taken this morning of the works area. In the lower shot, just imaging the broom and pittosporum out and eucalypts back in, and the willow and blackberry gone as well. We will plant carefully to maintain the integrity of the area and preserve the sight lines down to the river.
Today, I googled Tarwin River no 2 trestle and found this http://abandonedbutnotforgotten1.blogspot.com/2015/06/south-gippsland-railway-line-tarwin_14.html. Mailchimp is being a bit difficult about sharing this link, but if you look at the photos you can see that the eucalyptus are slowly dying out at this site. In fact we lost another one just this year. The photos on this blog were taken in 2015. It is definitely time for some restorative action.
We are on our way, Hurray!