Any river is really the summation of the whole valley. To think of it as nothing but water is to ignore the greater part (Hal Borland, This Hill, This Valley)
The Greening the Maribyrnong project is an important PPWCMA project that aims to establish a nature link running from the Melbourne CBD to the Macedon Ranges. Its work focuses on rehabilitating large connecting sections of the Maribyrnong River escarpment, with work undertaken to date on the Maribyrnong River and its tributaries, Deep Creek, Jacksons Creek and Emu Creek.
Since settlement, the Maribyrnong valley has been subject to land clearing, overgrazing and the introduction of pest plants and animals. This has led to an overwhelming deterioration of the natural habitat available to support native birds and animals and created conditions that do support the natural regeneration of indigenous species. Its remaining native vegetation will not be replaced without human intervention driven by decisions and a vision for a different landscape. This is the vision of the Greening the Maribyrnong Project.
The landscape change approach that guides the Project is that the integrated management of pest plants and pest animals is the essential precursor to both successful revegetation efforts and creating the conditions for natural regeneration.
We cannot achieve the ambitious outcomes of this project on our own. We are working with a range of government agencies, corporations, community groups and private landholders. These include:
- Brimbank City Council
- City of Maribyrnong
- City of Moonee Valley
- City West Water
- Friends of the Maribyrnong
- Friends of the Organ Pipes National Park
- Friends of Steele Creek
- Hume City Council
- Lead West
- Melbourne Airport
- Melbourne Water
- Parks Victoria
- Western Water
- Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation and Cultural Heritage Council Inc
Greening the West – 1 Million Trees Project
Greening the West – 1 Million Trees is an ambitious plan to plant 1 million trees across Melbourne’s western catchments, supported by the Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees programme. This project creates a unique opportunity to make substantial, wide-ranging improvements to the liveability and sustainability out west.
Are you a landholder? Are you interested in getting involved?
Greening the Maribyrnong has funding opportunities for landho lders in the project area.
Read the landholder expression of interest flyer here.
For further information about the project contact Robert Hall on 0401 404 899 or email@example.com.