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PENTLAND HILLS LANDCARE
GROUP BIOLINK UPDATE;
The Pentland Hills Landcare Group has started work on
their Myrniong Biolink Project, launched last year with the
objective of providing a wildlife corridor along the Myrniong
and Korkuperrimul Creeks.
Fifteen landholders have signed up and fencing has begun on
more than 8 kilometres of creek frontage. Rabbit burrows
and box thorns have been removed and tree lines ripped in
preparation for planting in the winter months.
A community planting day is planned for Landcare Week in
September when volunteers from CSL will plant 2000 trees
on several properties. The Pentland Hills Landcare Group also
hopes to involve local school children with the planting in the
area and encourages parents and other community members
The Landcare group has been successful in applying for
a $3000 grant from Council enabling them to hold the
Moorabool and District Land Holders Expo on October 8 this
year. The expo is in its third year and aims to provide all local
landholders advice and information on weeds, pests and good
environmental management of their land.
The expo also encourages families to attend, with an
appearance by Chris Humphries’ ‘Wild Action Zoo’, presenting
local and endangered wildlife in a ‘hands on’ environment.
Ratepayers who have elected to pay by instalments are
reminded that the fourth instalment is due for payment on
or before 31 May 2011.
Late payments will be charged interest at the rate of 10.5%
p.a. backdated to the rate instalment date.
Rate Payments can be made as follows:
In Person at any Australia Post Outlet, by phone 13 18
16 or go to www.postbillpay.com.au
Bpay facility, by telephoning your participating bank,
24 hours a day, as shown on your rate notice (major
credit cards accepted).
By Post: Cheque or Money Order can be made
payable to the Moorabool Shire Council and mailed to
PO Box 18, Ballan, Vic, 3342
In person at the Ballan (15 Stead Street) or Bacchus
Marsh (197 Main Street) Service Centres. EFTPOS
facilities are available (major credit cards accepted).
GROW WEST SEEKS SUPPORT...
Grow West, winner of a 2011
Mayors Award for a Community
Event of the Year, is turning back the
tide of environmental degradation.
10,000 hectares, initially in an area
between Bacchus Marsh and Ballan,
are being converted to sustainable
land uses, tailored to suit each individual site, in one of the
most extensive land restoration programs ever undertaken
Grow West’s vision is to rejuvenate areas of the upper
Werribee catchment by connecting large areas of public
reserves; Brisbane Ranges National Park, Werribee Gorge
State Park through to Lerderderg State Park, through a
mosaic of restoration works on private property.
This is truly a collaborative project where local communities
work together with all levels of government, businesses
and organisations to achieve the best outcome for the
region in the most effective and sustainable way.
Projects to date have been completed on both private
and public land and range in size from 1ha to 170ha. Farm
forestry and revegetation projects have been undertaken
and future projects may include the establishment of
saltbush pastures, development of alternative agricultural
industries, and the education of small rural landholders in
Grow West is continually seeking new partners and
investors to continue the momentum of this ambitious
project that has made and continues to make a positive
change to the landscape.
For further information contact Grow West Coordinator,
Tim Bloomfield on 03 9218 5615.
Below: Fencing at Ron Thompson’s property Korobeit, Myrniong
Creek April 2011.
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