Friends con­tinue rail trail facelift

Mansfield Courier - - Opinions/people Courier -

AN en­thu­si­as­tic group of vol­un­teers from the Friends of the Great Vic­to­rian Rail Trail (FGVRT) car­ried out a work­ing bee along the rail trail near Oliver’s Road last week.

The Friends group was awarded a grant from the Foun­da­tion for Ru­ral and Re­gional Re­newal (FRRR) last year to un­der­take re­me­dial work and pro­vide ad­di­tional reveg­e­ta­tion on this sec­tion of the trail in part­ner­ship with Up2Us Land­care Al­liance.

“The Oliver’s Road sec­tion had pre­vi­ously been reveg­e­tated on one side as part of the orig­i­nal project build but had never been main­tained,” said FGVRT chair­per­son, Ross Vaughan.

“In ad­di­tion to re­mov­ing the old tree guards and slash­ing of weed growth, the area on the north side is also be­ing pre­pared for reveg­e­ta­tion dur­ing the com­ing win­ter months.”

Up2Us was also suc­cess­ful is se­cur­ing a grant from Vic­to­rian Land­care to ex­tend the work at Oliver’s Road, and un­der­take VLPLODU DFWLYLWLHV DW :RRG¿HOG Sta­tion precinct west of Bon­nie Doon.

“This lat­est work­ing bee was to tackle the ex­tended sec­tion, plus re­visit the area worked-on dur­ing the ini­tial work­ing bee in Septem­ber last year, to en­able fur­ther re­me­dial work to take place to com­pli­ment planned plant­ings later in the year,” Mr Vaughan said.

“In ad­di­tion to be­ing great places to walk, cy­cle or horse ride, rail trails are lin­ear con­ser­va­tion cor­ri­dors pro­tect­ing na­tive plants and an­i­mals.

“It is these im­por­tant works by the Friends of the GVRT that not only pro­vide an eco­log­i­cal func­tion, but most im­por­tantly, the work to im­prove the vis­ual DSSHDUDQFH RI RQH RI 0DQV¿HOG Shire’s ma­jor tourist at­trac­tions will add to the user’s ex­pe­ri­ence.”

PHO­TOS: cour­tesy Ross Vaughan

<GVRT Oliv­ers Rd 3: GOOD WORK: Knock­ing down ac­cu­mu­lated weed growth around some of the 5500 plants planted as part of the orig­i­nal rail trail project was vol­un­teer Michael Lamin.

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