Bass Coast Landcare Network coordinator Dave Bateman, left, with members of the Bunurong Land Council, Robert Olger and Dan Turnbull who made a special presentation at Saturday’s tree planting.

Bass Coast Landcare Network coordinator Dave Bateman, left, with members of the Bunurong Land Council, Robert Olger and Dan Turnbull who made a special presentation at Saturday’s tree planting.

THE Powlett Project Landcare Group planted another 2000 trees on Saturday along the Powlett River at Clive Hollins’ farm, Manuka.
The Partnership Planting Day was jointly funded through the State Government’s Threatened Species program and the WGCMA River Health Program and included a special cultural heritage presentation from members of the Bunurong Land Council, Dan Turnbull and Robert Olger.
They explained that areas by the river and along the dunes are significant to the indigenous communities, and that the best sites – those with the best views and often chosen for today’s housing – were selected as burial grounds.
Farmers in the area are serious Landcarers, and are keen to continue replanting indigenous vegetation along the river.
Bass Coast Landcare coordinator Dave Bateman said the site also has high conservation significance.
“The planting will have multiple benefits including increasing Orange Bellied Parrot and Australian Grayling habitat.”
Saturday’s event was part of a massive planting season for the network which will see 143,500 indigenous trees and shrubs put into the ground.