Grant to boost Parwan escarpment restoration

16 September 2015

The Parwan escarpment will benefit from a community grant awarded to the Parwan Landcare Group by the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA), with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. The Parwan Landcare Group secured a grant for $29,500 for their ‘Restoring the Parwan escarpment’ project. Located south-east of Bacchus Marsh, the Parwan Landcare Group cover a strategic position on the Werribee River with several confluences with the intersection of the Lerderderg River, the Parwan Creek and the Pyrites Creek. In partnership with LeadWest, Melbourne Water and Southern Rural Water, the project aims to target up to 100 hectares of land to reduce invasive plants and feral animals. This will be achieved by removal of weeds such as the African box thorn, prickly pear, serrated tussock and bridal creeper, as well as a control program reducing the impact of pest rabbits. Revegetating the land and supporting the regeneration of native plants, as well as preserving rare native plant seeds in a seed bank for later revegetation works will assist in the restoration and rehabilitation of degraded land and help to reduce the risk of erosion. Assistance on the project has also been found from all corners of the globe with travellers from Ireland pitching in through the Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF) programme. The Irish travellers spent 88 days working to remove boxthorn from both sides of the Parwan Gorge. Stephen Thuan, PPWCMA’s Environmental Projects Manager said, “It is fantastic to see a range of groups, organisations and individuals coming together to work on a common goal – to restore the Parwan escarpment to its natural state” “By reducing the abundance of invasive plants and animals in the area, we can work towards increasing the coverage of native vegetation and encourage native fauna to the Parwan escarpment”, Stephen said. To learn more about the Parwan Landcare Group, visit http://parwanlandcare.org.au. For further information on the National Landcare Programme, visit www.nrm.gov.au. ENDS