Grow West is a restoration program that aims to improve degraded landscapes around Bacchus Marsh, in Melbourne’s west, by undertaking revegetation projects of all sizes.
Grow West is truly a collaborative project where local communities work together with all levels of government, businesses and organisations to achieve the best outcome for the region in the most effective and sustainable way.
Since it began in 2003, Grow West has planted over 1.3 million trees across 2,500 hectares, providing a space for native plants and animals to live alongside thriving local communities.
Grow West’s vision is to rejuvenate 10,000 hectares of the upper Werribee catchment, west of Melbourne, by connecting large areas of public reserves; Brisbane Ranges National Park, Werribee Gorge State Park and up through to Lerderderg State Park, through a mosaic of restoration works on private property.
It aims to do this by:
- Improving habitat and wildlife corridors
- Greatly reduce the spread of noxious weeds, particularly Serrated Tussock
- Stopping erosion to improve the soil, rivers and water supply
- Improving landscape amenity and recreation opportunities
- Improving landholder skills
- Protect profitable farming land.
The success of the project is due to the strong collaboration between organisations and community, including:
- Moorabool Shire Council
- Melbourne Water
- Southern Rural Water
- Parks Victoria
- Department of the Environment, Land, Water and Planning
- Conservation Volunteers Australia
- Moorabool Landcare Network
- Port Phillip & Westernport CMA.
The Port Phillip & Westernport CMA coordinates Grow West on behalf of these partner organisations.