The Ribbons of Remnant Roadsides project is a collaborative project between Murrindindi Shire Council (MSC) and the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network (UGLN), whereby significant conservation value roadsides are showcased for their biodiversity and contribution to ecosystem services.
RRR was initially proposed because it was recognised that a number of our roadsides are a place of refuge for many of our local flora and fauna, but that there was little understanding in the community as to the value these remnant roadsides provide, not only for biodiversity but also for soil stability, water quality and landscape values.
A $23,000 grant was obtained from the Victorian State Governments Threatened Species Protection Initiative programme and the project is coordinated by the UGLN.
Round 2 of the project included Old Highlands Rd-Highlands, Kings Rd-Kinglake West, Burns Rd-Glenburn and Upper King Parrot Ck Rd-Strath Ck.
Botanical and fauna surveys, noxious and environmental weed control, understorey revegetation, new signage and a suite of community engagement activities were organised on these roadsides.
Noxious weed control was undertaken by MSC under the councils Roadside Pest and Weed Control program and environmental woody weed control was undertaken by the Green Army and Conservation Volunteers (CVA) and co-ordinated by UGLN.
Plantings of approximately 900 understorey species were conducted on all four sites as part of National Tree Day and throughout the year by the CVA and Green Army.
New signage was installed on the roadsides indicating the endangered species known within the roadside and flora and flora endemic to that locality (identified through Botanical surveys) and how the new plantings protect and enhance their habitat.
Fauna surveys were undertaken using remote sensor cameras and bird counts. many interesting and rare wildlife was observed including Diamond Firetail Finches, Long-nosed Bandicoots, Bobuck (Mountain Brush-tailed Possum), Agile Antechinus and Sugar Gliders.
Nesting boxes for Brush-tailed Phascogales, Sugar Gliders and other wildlife were also installed along the roads with the assistance of our Green Army and the Yea High School students.
The final activity will be a night walk-spotlighting event along Burns Road Glenburn in autumn this year.
The project has been a fantastic collaboration between the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network and Murrindindi Shire Council.
Funding has recently been approved for Round 3 of this project and will include the following roads Racecourse Rd-Yea, Native Dog Rd-Molesworth, Old Fawcett Rd-Alexandra and Captains Creek Rd-Glenburn.