The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) manages an 8,500km rail network across five states, maintaining the safe transit of freight and passenger trains daily.
ARTC partnered with Landcare Australia in 2017, along with the Department of Transport and Infrastructure, to rehabilitate degraded railway land at Mile End in Adelaide, South Australia.
The project works collaboratively with the community to introduce native plant species which beautify the area and allows habitat connectivity to nearby parklands.
The works also aim to increase biodiversity in the Adelaide CBD by maximising the habitat value for birds, including the yellow-tailed black cockatoo.
In 2018, ARTC expanded its partnership with Landcare Australia by funding Junior Landcare Grants for 29 New South Wales schools that neighbour its freight rail network. The successful schools are spread across the Hunter Valley and regional NSW including Narrabri in the north, to Narromine and Dubbo in the south. A broad range of projects are being funded including veggie gardens, permaculture gardens, native gardens, worm farms, recycling projects and sensory gardens. Read more about some of the schools who received these grants.