Work crews rejuvenate iconic sites

1 December 2020

Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority’s Agricultural and Environmental Works Crews have had a busy month, working hard to rejuvenate many of the region’s iconic tourist attractions in preparation for the influx of visitors.

After an initial training and induction period, the work crews spent a few weeks undertaking works for Parks Victoria. Below are some highlights.

The crews have now moved onto landholder works requested through the EOI process. Please note that the PPWCMA is still accepting EOIs for 2021 and you can submit a request via the work crews web page.

The PPWCMA is proud of the outstanding outcomes the work crews have already achieved, and the feedback from land managers has been extremely positive. The enthusiasm of the crews has been fantastic and crew members (from a variety of backgrounds and skill sets) are working strongly together, learning from one another and sharing a positive view on what they can contribute to the environment.

The PPWMCA’s Work Crew project is supported by the Victorian Government through the Working for Victoria initiative.

Werribee Park (Western Crew)

The Western crew assisted Parks Victoria with weeding, planting, and general maintenance at the Point Cook Coastal Park (PCCP) and Werribee Park. These works have focused on maintaining amenities of the parks by weeding flower beds at the Victoria State Rose Gardens and Werribee Park Mansion, as well as cleaning car parks.

The crews have also focused on protecting conservation values with the removal by hand of thistles and African boxthorn from the sensitive wetland areas of the PCCP.

1,000 Steps (Central Crew)

The Dandenong Ranges region has provided the Central Crew with a variety of interesting tasks to sink their teeth into, including weed control works, closing down illegal mountain bike tracks, visitor facilities and track maintenance and installing new infrastructure on high visitation sites such as the 1,000 Steps.

Feedback from staff at Parks Victoria has been extremely positive, as they have managed to fast track all these works thanks to the extra help provided by the crew.

Bunyip State Forest (South Eastern Crew)

The South East Crew’s focused on closing around 15 kilometres of illegal trail bike tracks in the Bunyip State Forest  The team made the tracks impassable by burying them under tonnes of dead tree limbs branches and logs.

Trail bike riders blazed through the tracks across the forest’s blackened hills soon after a devastating wildfire in 2018. The forest is recovering but the trail bike tracks have gouged eroding scars into steep slopes and their creek crossings have become bare, tyre-tracked mud baths.