The Warragul Urban Landcare group, together with the Council, have been working on the reserve for the past four years to establish a riparian corridor, protect existing vegetation, minimise pest threats, and improve water quality in Hazel Creek and the local landscape.
Overall, the project aims to plant 3,000 indigenous plants on the land, with many already planted and established. It was a successful community planting day with around 200 additional plants going in the ground. The project will also see a local school participate in a further planting day in November.
Carolyn Ferguson, Baw Baw Shire Council Bushland Team Leader, was pleased with how the day went.
“These works will improve the health of the waterway and provide a one kilometer long vegetated link where local threatened species, including the Warragul burrowing cray, the giant Gippsland earthworm and the Strzeleckii gum will be protected. Interpretive signage to be installed will provide opportunities for the community to enjoy and learn about our local threatened species”.
For Esso, participating in local community projects is part of its ongoing commitment to support and engage with the communities in which it operates.
“We’re pleased to be able to partner with community groups such as Warragul Urban Landcare and contribute to meaningful projects in recognition of the community’s ongoing support of our operations,” said Dilip Bapat, Esso Pipeline Replacement Project Manager.
Esso has been undertaking a project to replace one of its key pipelines running from Longford to Hastings, crossing the Warragul area.