Friends continue rail trail facelift
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.”
<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.