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Nhill exchange revegetation

The site of an $11.4-million truck and trailer exchange on the Western Highway at Nhill is set to become the latest target of a major north-west Wimmera revegetation project.
Hindmarsh Landcare Network has prioritised the area as part of its annual ACE Project Hindmarsh Community Planting Weekend and is calling on volunteers to register for the August 20 and 21 event.
The planting weekend, which attracts a volunteer army from across the region and beyond, will also include a visit from Environment Minister Ryan Smith and target sites at Jeparit and Nhill.
Network spokesman Mick Gawith said the truck and trailer exchange, to provide up to 100 parking bays for trucks, needed considerable revegetation and landscaping and was an ideal Landcare project.
He said 50,000 grasses, trees and shrubs were earmarked for the site to help preserve the rare golden sun moth. Almost 10,000 trees were planned for other sites.
“It’s a chance to combine regional economic and infrastructure and environmental development,” he said.
“The truck and trailer exchange is an important transport project in our region and an opportunity for our group to strengthen its partnership with VicRoads.”
The Hindmarsh network, established in 1997, co-ordinates 14 Landcare groups and bases most of its projects on landscape-scale Project Hindmarsh biolink program.
Mr Gawith said the weekend, sponsored by ACE radio, would closely follow other community revegetation projects in Hindmarsh Shire.
He said councillors, staff and community members from Port Phillip City Council had already helped plant 3600 trees at Jeparit through a ‘thriving’ Port Phillip-Hindmarsh friendship arrangement.
“We will return the favour when we go Melbourne later in the year to help save St Kilda Beach to help catch and collect the invasive crown of thorns starfish,” he said.
The community exchange between the municipalities will also provide an added benefit to the August planting weekend with St Kilda Film Festival National Tour at Nhill Community Centre on the Friday before the event.
People keen to volunteer to be part of the Project Hindmarsh Community Planting Weekend can find details on Hindmarsh Shire Council website on www.hindmarsh.vic.gov.au or by getting in touch with Trevor Barker on 5391 4444 or 0429 006 936 or email tbarker@hindmarsh.vic.gov.au.

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Posted on Jun 29 2011

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