VicTrack has partnered with Landcare Australia since 2005 to provide funding to protect and enhance areas of native vegetation on railway and other land. As the owner and custodian of rail transport land across Victoria, this partnership reflects VicTrack’s commitment in making the most of its assets and supporting the best outcomes for communities.
With natural resource management expertise and a large network of volunteer groups to draw upon, Landcare Australia assists VicTrack in maximising on-ground conservation activity. Landcare Australia’s role in this important partnership is to manage the unique community-based Landcare activities and a range of associated planning and safety issues relating to working on railway land.
Since 2017, funding from VicTrack has supported multiple projects across Victoria, enabling Landcare groups to achieve significant outcomes including revegetation, weed control, habitat restoration, control of pest species, ecological burns, engagement with Traditional Owners, protection of native flora and fauna species, awareness raising and knowledge sharing with the broader community. In 2019-20, VicTrack funded the below eight projects.
VicTrack funding continued to support three ongoing projects in 2019-2020 (see below to read more about these projects):
- The Great Victorian Rail Trail (Upper Goulburn Landcare Network)
- The Green Line (Basalt to Bay Landcare Network)
- Bellarine Rail Trail Revegetation & Restoration (Bellarine Landcare Group)
VicTrack also funded five new projects:
Stanhope-Girgarre Rail Trail Revegetation Project (Stanhope-Gigarre Landcare Group)
This projects aims to revegetate VicTrack land in Stanhope by creating a wildlife corridor between the Rushworth State Forest and Girgarre. Working in collaboration with nine local groups and many volunteers, works include weed control, fencing and planting of local flora.
Cronomby Cultural Connect (Woomelang Lascelles Landcare Group)
This project is all about improving the condition of VicTrack land in Woomelang through weed control, raising community awareness and creating walking tracks to reduce tramping of the endangered Ridged Plains Mallee vegetation.
Emerald Starbush Sustainability Project (Johns Hill Landcare Group)
This Landcare group is working to conserve and restore the endangered Emerald Starbush on VicTrack land in Emerald. The Landcare group collaborated with local organisations such as the Emerald Starbush Alliance, Cardinia Shire and Yellingbo Nursery. Works include weeding and rubbish removal in preparation for the planting season.
Hopetoun Habitat Haven (Hopetoun Landcare Group)
This project, on VicTrack land in Hopetoun, seeks to control weeds, increase vital habitat and raise community awareness of endangered species of flora and fauna.
Yen Yean VicTrack Reserve Project (Wittlesea and Surrounds Blackberry Action Group)
The group is working to control the growth, spread and establishment of CaLP Act listed noxious weeds along an 8km section of VicTrack land between Whittlesea and Mernda. This weed control work has supported critically endangered vegetation communities including native grasslands and grassy woodlands that contain regionally and nationally threatened species such as the Matted Flax-lily (Dianella amoena) and habitat for the Striped Legless Lizard (Delma impar), Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor) and Golden Sun-moth (Synemon plana).
Read more about outcomes of VicTrack projects from 2019 and earlier: