Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Over 5,200 new plants to revegetate Melbourne's Gardiners Creek Corridor

Media Release

FN140/2017

20 August 2017

Joint release with:

Kelly O'Dwyer

Federal Member for Higgins

  • The project will improve the local wildlife habitat, playing an important role in nature education for the community
  • 5,210 local indigenous plants and trees to be planted
  • The Coalition Government invested $27,000 to fully fund the project

The local community took part in a tree planting ceremony in south-east Melbourne today designed to revitalise ecosystems along the Gardiners Creek Corridor.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project involves revegetating three sites along the corridor—Nettleton Park, Markham Reserve and Ashburton Forest.

“Caring for and improving our urban environments is vital and Gardiners Creek provides residents with all the benefits associated with outdoor rest and recreation areas,” Minister Nash said.

“Revegetating the corridor will help to restore the natural balance of the area, creating more opportunities for education and community engagement activities.

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to and improving the wildlife habitat and providing nature education for the community does just that.”

Federal Member for Higgins Kelly O'Dwyer, who today marked the start of the revegetation by planting the first tree, said the project will help create a healthier local ecosystem.

“The project includes site preparation, weed control, mulching of the revegetation zone, and the purchase and planting of indigenous plants and trees,” Ms O'Dwyer said.

“It will assist with facilitating passive recreation such as wildlife observation, walking and biking and will help attract more people to the area.”

The Coalition Government fully funded the $27,000 Future Biodiversity Site Revegetation—Gardiners Creek Corridor project.