Our third and final Green Army project has commenced and over the next 4 months this group of local young people will again be working throughout the Upper Goulburn region on environmental restoration projects on public and private land.
The team have been busy over the first 2 months doing a variety of work which has included assisting with a fox monitoring programme for the King Parrot Catchment Fox Control Project by installing remote sensor cameras on 12 properties and then 3 weeks later retrieved the cameras and downloaded and recorded the data.
They also installed nest boxes along Andrews Creek in Taggerty and inspected nest boxes at a Land for Wildlife property in Toolangi and found Sugar Gliders occupying many of the boxes.
The team have also been assisting with fencing off a tributary of the Godfreys Creek in Gobur.
Woody weed control has also kept the team busy during this time of the year at many landcare sites across the shire including the Upper King Parrot Creek Rd, along the rail trail at Koriella, a section of the Stony Creek in Kinglake West and at a Land for Wildlife property in Toolangi.
Another important job was carrying out controlled burn preparation works by creating firebreaks around vulnerable trees and large fallen logs. The burn that will be undertaken by the CFA along a conservation significant roadside in Kinglake West.
Over the next month the team will be helping to plant out a bush tucker garden at the Yea Wetlands and at the same time learn about the local aboriginal culture from a member of the Taungurung community. They will also get to do more fauna monitoring with the remote cameras at properties in Toolangi and Gobur and continue with weed control along the rail trail between Cathkin and Alexandra.
The project is a partnership between Murrindindi Shire and UGLN and has been supported by the GBCMA as well as many of the landcare groups from within our network.