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.
The most recent projects are the ARTC Landcare Drought Assistance grants awarded to two groups located in NSW’s Central West. These 2019 grants are helping Landcare groups to increase community and environmental drought resilience through the implementation of on-ground projects, workshops and education and to share their stories with a wider audience.
The first initiative Landcare Australia conducted with ARTC along with the Department of Transport and Infrastructure was in 2017 to rehabilitate degraded railway land at Mile End in Adelaide, South Australia. The project was conducted collaboratively with the community to introduce native plant species which beautify the area and allows habitat connectivity to nearby parklands. The works also increased biodiversity in the Adelaide CBD by maximising the habitat value for birds, including the yellow-tailed black cockatoo.
In 2018, ARTC funded Junior Landcare Grants for 29 New South Wales schools neighbouring its freight rail network. The successful schools were 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 were 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.