Grow West

Grow West is a long-term, collaborative environmental program working to rejuvenate degrade landscapes in the Upper Werribee Catchment and create vegetation connections between the YouYangs Regional Park, Brisbane Ranges National Park, Werribee Gorge State Park and Lerderderg State Park.

Grow West works with landholders and the community to undertake large-scale revegetation, pest plant and animal control, erosion mitigation works, community engagement activities (including the annual Grow West Community Planting Day) and landholder education. Since 2003, Grow West has planted 1.3 million trees and shrubs over 2,833 hectares and engaged over 3000 volunteers.

Grow West is supported by a range of government agencies, non-government organisations and community groups that fund and deliver coordinated small and large-scale projects and on-ground works.

Grow West was originally hosted by the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA. The Port Phillip & Westernport CMA is integrating into Melbourne Water on 1 January 2022 and from this date Melbourne Water will be the host agency. 

Why this program is important

The area faces numerous challenges, including population growth, with the expansion of Melbourne along the western corridor putting pressure on communities, agricultural land and native vegetation.

The drier slopes in the rural areas tend to be less arable due to accessibility and soil type hence making it more challenging to manage and very costly. In addition, as semi-rural areas are subdivided into smaller lifestyle properties, knowledge and skills in natural resource management are lost. This leads to an increase in invasive pest animals and plants and the degradation of remnant native vegetation.

Grow West works with landowners to design and deliver revegetation and rehabilitation projects that suit the requirements of their individual properties while transforming the landscapes back into a living space for native plants and animals alongside thriving local communities with a great future.

Partners

The PPWCMA coordinates Grow West on behalf of its partners, which include local government, government agencies and community groups.

  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Melbourne Water
  • Southern Rural Water
  • Moorabool Shire Council
  • Parks Victoria
  • Conservation Volunteers Australia
  • Moorabool Landcare Network
  • Landholder representatives

Location

Grow West works in 50,000 hectare area of land between Bacchus Marsh and Ballan, straddling the Western Highway and 60km west of Melbourne.

More information

To learn more, visit the Grow West website. You can also sign up Grow West’s quarterly enewsletter for regular updates.