Common goal for land protection

Positive growth: Grassland researchers Lisa Rasmussen (from left), Rod White, John Delpratt and David Franklin attended the Woorndoo Land Protection Group’s second annual community day last Friday and inspected work on a vegetation restoration site in Woorndoo.

ADVICE on how to manage roadside reserves to prevent or lessen the impact of bushfires and an update on a grassland restoration project were the highlights of the second annual Woorndoo Land Protection Group (WLPG) community day.

Last Friday’s event welcomed about 70 representatives from a number of key environmental management groups and other bodies, including VicRoads, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Moyne Shire Council.

WLPG president Susan Bosch said the day was a “delight” for all involved.

“We had a really broad range of speakers,” she said.

Preparation: Representatives of a number of environmental and fire protection groups attended the second annual Woorndoo Land Protection Group community day last Friday.

Ms Bosch said the presentations allowed interested members of the wider landcare community to learn about fuel reduction and the efforts of groups across the state.

“We’re really all working towards the same endpoint,” she said.

“We’ve had lots of positive feedback already.”

WLPG member John Delpratt said the day also provided attendees with a first-hand look at the progress of a grassland restoration project on the Woorndoo-Streatham Road.

“They are very high quality native grasslands,” he said.

Land boost: A group of researchers and environmental officers from across the state took part in a vegetation restoration site visit last Friday.

Made possible through an allocation via Victoria’s Community and Volunteer Action Grant Program, the project includes detailed scientific experiments on planting and sowing grassland species and the restoration of a further 1.25 hectares of diverse temperate native grassland using kangaroo grass.

Ms Bosch said she and her fellow WLPG members were looking forward to the further stage of the expansion next autumn.

To keep up-to-date with the project, join the ‘Woorndoo Land Protection Group’ Facebook group.

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