Communities for Nature grant
As part of a Communities for Nature grant we received from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, we have been working on the old Coalville Road section of the Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve.
These grants are aimed at practical community action and, in our case, we’ve learned a lot about an integrated approach to weed management. This has been through a workshop we attended in December last year, a management report with a guiding framework prepared by consultants Alison Oates and Doug Frood, and on-the-ground action in this small section of the Reserve orphaned from the rest by the installation of Coalville Road.
New plantings and taking out weeds
With the change to autumn, there has been a lot of weed removal – ivy, broom, pittosporum, cotoneaster, montbretia, arum lily and many others – and revegetating with natives, sourced locally, over the last few weeks.
The wonderful students from Baringa School have continued to support the Reserve with plantings at the end of TB Drew Park just across from the Reserve on old Coalville Road.
The extensive coverage of woody weeds from this area has been removed during the second half of 2013 by Community Corrections as well as by the volunteers from Conservation Volunteers Australia during a visit in January.
The students of South Street Primary School also visited in the last week of May this year, planting over 400 plants.
In the last weekend in May, volunteers from around Moe (and beyond!) got together and planted over 800 plants – it was a great effort, supported by Belinda Kolek, Latrobe City’s (LC) Landscape Officer, with the trusty LC planting trailer.
Over the long Queen’s birthday weekend, 10 volunteers from Conservation Volunteers Australia came down to Moe. It was an amazingly productive three days of weed removal – great quantities of montbretia, broom, ivy, pittosporum and cotoneaster – as well as plantings.
There are notieable differences in this small section of the Reserve – there’s still more to be done but this is a great start. We will be taking our learning from this area to the remainder of the Reserve, as weeds are an on-going problem.