Alpine Observer

Amazing mosaics to be found at Myrtleford’s Reform Hill

- By LEAH ANDERSON-BYRNE

BUILDING on the success of the local Crackpots’ Myrtleford Mosaic Trail, 11 threatened animal species have been replicated and placed along Myrtleford’s Reform Hill.

The project, which was funded through the 2019/20 Victorian Landcare Program grants, highlights the vulnerabil­ity of many local species listed as threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988.

Myrtleford Landcare Project delivery team’s Gayle South said the group was given an extension on the funding due to COVID.

“We couldn’t run some of the components of our project called ‘piecing together our threatened species’,” she said.

“There have been a couple of components to the projects that have been undertaken to engage and educate our community, and these include our Grey Headed Flying-fox surveys and the mosaic workshops where the participan­ts made mosaics of a native species.

“This trail is building on the success of the Myrtleford Mosaic Trail; Landcare has assisted Friends of Reform Hill in the preservati­on of Reform Hill with guidance from DELWP.

“This natural asset with popular walking tracks is close to town and easy access makes Reform Hill the ideal place to home the mosaics of species that historical­ly would have been present in our local landscape.”

The group wouldn’t hint to which species have been replicated, encouragin­g all to come to the official opening this Saturday.

“You will have to take a walk on Reform Hill to find them; we want people to explore the area,” Ms South said.

“Essentiall­y the community has chosen which species the Crackpots

created; Myrtleford Landcare set up a survey asking our community which mosaics they would like to see and we chose the top 10 responses from a choice of 25.

“We have also thrown in a ‘wild card’ from the list.

“We have two speakers attending the official opening (Saturday) to talk briefly; it is all about finding the new mosaics, but we have a few people to thank and acknowledg­e for the project.

“John Taylor, Friends of Reform Hill convenor, will talk about the history of Reform Hill and Daniel

Littlewood from DELWP will provide an insight into our local threatened species; why they become threatened and things that individual­s can do to help reduce these threatenin­g processes.

“Daniel is our DELWP representa­tive who our group consults with about any works we undertake in Reform Hill so he has a good understand­ing our project along with the importance of maintainin­g Reform Hill for us all to experience.

“Our greatest hope is that the community embraces the trail and enjoys it as much as the other mosaics around Myrtleford.

“The trail will additional­ly provide another activity for visitors to experience in Myrtleford.

“If we can get people active and enjoying a nature experience whilst educating people about our natural environmen­t we will be delighted.”

The official opening of the trail is being held this Saturday from 2pm to 3.30pm at Jones Park, Great Alpine Road, Myrtleford.

To register attendance please text Gayle on 0448 983 109 to help with catering and COVID compliance.

 ?? PHOTO: Leah Anderson-Byrne ?? A TRAIL OF ART: Myrtleford Landcare Project delivery team’s Gayle South is looking forward to the official opening of the mosaic trail at Reform Hill this Saturday.
PHOTO: Leah Anderson-Byrne A TRAIL OF ART: Myrtleford Landcare Project delivery team’s Gayle South is looking forward to the official opening of the mosaic trail at Reform Hill this Saturday.

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