Yarra Valley property owners committed to environment with Yarra4Life support
4 August 2016
‘Tibooburra’ is a spectacular 500 ha property located in the Yarra Valley that has been owned by the Kerr family since the 1960’s. Whilst the property is primarily used for commercial purposes (300 ha for stock grazing and 30 ha of vineyards), the Kerr family are passionate about the environment and have dedicated approximately 10% of their property to nature conservation.
The property forms part of the Woori Yallock Creek catchment and has been identified as a high priority for restoration of habitat for the critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeater.
Yarra4Life, along with Melbourne Water, has actively supported a range of projects on the property over time to help preserve remnant vegetation and support environmental protection.
Most recently, Tibooburra received a $31,221 grant from Yarra4Life to construct 1.75 kms of fencing to protect 5.5 ha of remnant trees in a wooded gully that links to McCrae Creek. Associated works included weed control and hunting of foxes which threaten indigenous fauna. About .3 ha of infill plantings of native tube-stocks or seed-stock is earmarked for Spring.
Greg Kerr, who has been undertaking this latest project, considers this to be ‘Stage 1’ of his grand vision of the ‘Horse-shoe Project’, which will create a crescent-shaped biolink starting and ending at McCrae Creek.
“Our philosophy as a family is to preserve the area’s natural assets, and to achieve a balance between farming and nature to ensure a sustainable future on the land”, he said.
It is through the passion and dedication of property owners such as Greg Kerr and his family, that Yarra4Life can make a real difference in restoring habitat for endangered species in the area. We look forward to continuing to work at Tibooburra in the future!