Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith today inspected works undertaken by a local Landcare group at Glenluce Springs to improve parts of the Loddon River, a priority site identified in the North Central Regional Catchment Strategy.
The Guildford Landcare group received support for this work from the North Central Catchment Management Authority's Enhancing Upper Catchment Waterways project, which is funded by the Victorian Coalition Government.
"The Landcare group worked with the North Central CMA and Parks Victoria to control blackberry, with impressive and tangible results," Mr Smith said.
"The works undertaken at Glenluce Springs are a great example of how working together can achieve better results than working alone – and it's also an example of the type of on-the-ground work the Coalition Government is committed to supporting.
"Areas like this are important to the health of our rivers and have flow on effects from our catchments to our coasts.
"This site is a good example of a connected flood plain because it features river flats and a chain of ponds.
"The local Landcare members are to be congratulated for their proactive approach to enhancing the health of this priority site," Mr Smith said.
Four other Landcare groups in the area including Glenlyon, Malmsbury, Newstead and Trentham also received funding, a total of $47,550 for 2011-12, to undertake similar works.