Bush picked for funding boost

THE Pick My Project funding bonanza is to continue with the approval of a bushland reserve development that will move the Inverloch to Wonthaggi trail a step closer to reality.
Coined “Wonthaggi’s Hidden Gem”, 11 hectares of remnant bushland neighbouring Carneys Road in Wonthaggi, will be developed in a project spearheaded by the South Gippsland Conservation Society and the Wonthaggi Seed Bank and Nursery.
The project recieved $99,000 of State Government funding for the design and construction of an ephemeral wetland, boardwalk and major revegetation.
More than 200 Gippslanders voted for the project under the Pick My Project State Government initiative which, according to South Gippsland Conservation Society president Dave Sutton was very exciting for the community.
“Wonthaggi’s Hidden Gem is a place for the people of Bass Coast and its visitors to enjoy,” he said
“The funding will restore the boardwalk and wetland. We are waiting to take over the lease from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, which is imminent.
“This is one of three major projects the society is working on. We expect to start planting in the coming months.”
Eventually the trail will create linkages to the Rail Trail to the west and the new Wonthaggi Secondary College and ultimately the proposed Inverloch-Wonthaggi trail.
Wonthaggi Seed Bank and Nursery president Alison Brewster said the seed bank had already started growing native seedlings for the project.
“In the first planting up to 3000 seedlings will be planted but over the years, the project will involve the planting of more than 20,000 native plants,” she said.
Bass Coast Shire Councillor Julian Brown said the shire’s role was to act as a partner to the conservation society and the seed bank in the project.
“This is a project driven by community and which will tie in with a future walking and cycling track to Inverloch, making a nice gateway from Wonthaggi,” Mr Brown said.
“Wonthaggi has a few of these spaces that the community may not really know about.
“On the other side of town we have the Wonthaggi Heathlands which have been rehabilitated. It is good to see something like Wonthaggi’s Hidden Gem fo

Hidden gem: a group effort was involved in obtaining state funding for a parcel of remnant native bushland in Wonthaggi, led by the South Gippsland Conservation Society and the Wonthaggi Seed Bank and Nursery.
From far right, Alison Brewster, Annette Read, Dave Sutton, Jordan Crugnale, Julian Brown, Beth Banks, Brett Tessari, Brian Martin and Margaret Barnard.

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