|Earlier in September, a planting day sponsored by energy provider Red Energy took place at Harewood Homestead in Tooradin, resulting in 400 locally indigenous plants being established on the site. |
The planting day was part of the ‘Spirit of the Bunyip’ project that is enhancing and revegetating areas along the Cardinia Creek and local landscapes to create biolinks and wildlife corridors.
The Cardinia Environment Coalition Inc. and its Landcare and Friends groups have been active for over 15 years to expand and reconnect remnant bush in the area to improve the landscapes and livability for residents, farmers, visitors and native animals. There are a number of threatened species that live in the area, including the Southern Brown Bandicoot, which will benefit from the new and improved habitat.
At the Harewood planting day, students in years ten and eleven from the Koo Wee Rup Secondary College joined forces with volunteers from the Westernport Swamp Landcare group to get the job done. The students undertook the planting as part of the college’s outdoor education program.
Property owner Pat MacWhirter praised Red Energy and the volunteers for their efforts.
“Red Energy plantings on Harewood have made an amazing difference that will leave a legacy for years to come. The locally indigenous trees, shrubs and grassland species have done really well with the good seasons that we’ve had and birds are returning in numbers. The connection with the Cardinia Creek corridor has made a big difference. Thank you to Red Energy and thanks to all of the volunteers who have made this happen”, said Pat.