Celebrating a great stop

Members of the Albert River Landcare Group got together last week to celebrate their work revitalising the Albert River Road Reserve in partnership VicRoads, Yarram Yarram Landcare Network and West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA).

Through a 2017 WGCMA Landcare support grant aimed at revitalising local groups, the Albert River Landcare Group, selected a project to help improve their community.

Together with a group of dedicated locals and the support of VicRoads, they have transformed the Albert River reserve from a rundown, neglected roadside to something they should be proud of.

President of the Albert River Landcare Group, Craig Moore, thanked all community members involved.

“Projects like this don’t ‘just happen’,” said Mr Moore. “They happen because we work in partnership and everyone does their bit and together we achieve great things.

WGCMA provided the group $2,000 through a Landcare support grant. Through the involvement of the community and inkind work by VicRoads they have been able to leverage this to almost four to five times the initial grant amount.

WGCMA Partnerships and Engagement Team Leader, Belinda Brennan, said the support grant helped provide the group focus.

“Landcare is an important driver for natural resource management and environmental works in Gippsland,” said Ms Brennan.

“It’s also a fantastic social outlet. These support grants, although not huge amounts of money, are enough to give groups the freedom to tackle projects important to them.

“In this case the group has been able to not only re-invigorate their group, but also get the community involved and provide a lovely rest stop to visitors.”

This is one of many projects across the Jack and Albert River Restoration (JARR) project area. For more information or to get involved in Landcare in the area, contact the Yarram Yarram Landcare Network on 1300 094 262.