Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith visited a property along Tullaroop Creek near Carisbrook today to see firsthand the revegetation works done as part of the Victorian Coalition Government's 2 Million Trees initiative.
With support from the North Central Catchment Management Authority, in particular the Loddon Stressed River Project, more than 5,500 plants across 20 hectares and of assorted riparian species has been planted at the site.
"The achievements of projects such as this really highlight what we can achieve by working together in a partnership approach to protecting our important natural assets," Mr Smith said.
"I encourage the community to find out how they can be involved in selecting sites, planting trees and being a part of the Two Million Trees project.
"Whether it's suggesting a site for the trees or helping plant them, there's lots you can do to be involved," Mr Smith said.
Mr Smith said work in the Tullaroop Creek project area has had a significant impact on community value and recognition.
"The project has delivered river health activities complementary to environmental flow delivery working with more than 150 landholders to achieve not only tangible, but enduring environmental outcomes," Mr Smith said.
"There has also been an additional 13 hectares of revegetation along Tullaroop Creek in past years, with 2,000 plants and three kilograms of direct seeding. A further 1,000 shrubs will be planted in the coming weeks – a great result for the area and a great achievement by this community."
The Loddon Stressed River Project is a large-scale initiative designed to complement the delivery of environmental flows for the Loddon River downstream of Cairn Curran and Tullaroop reservoirs.
The project focuses on protection and rehabilitation of riverside areas, community involvement and improving conditions and migration paths for native fish.