PALM welcomes the news of funding for the continued regeneration works at the Moorabool River Reserve at Batesford by the Minister for Water Harriet Shing.

The grant was submitted by the Golden Plains Shire and will hopefully contribute to the ongoing weed removal and native species replanting the site will need to allow it to flourish into the future.

From the release:

"Minister for Water Harriet Shing today announced the first round of successful grants through the $10 million Green Links Grant Program, which will support local projects along Victoria’s urban waterways to deliver up to 300 hectares of revegetated land for communities to enjoy and wildlife to thrive. Victoria’s waterways are home to more than 1,800 species of native plants and 600 species of native animals and revegetation projects like this are essential to waterway and their parkland corridors. Community groups, water or land managers, Traditional Owners and local councils received up to $200,000 for small projects and up to $2 million for large-scale projects. This included $1.77 million to revegetate the corridor along the Barwon River, more than $700,000 to restore the Yarrowee River and $464,000 to improve habitat conditions and connectivity along a 4km stretch of the muchloved Merri Creek."

The press release can be found here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2024-02/240220-Funding-To-Protect-Victoria%E2%80%99s-Waterways-And-Wildlife.pdf?utm_source=miragenews&utm_medium=miragenews&utm_campaign=news

 It is deeply concerning that the future of a complimentary reserve on the Eastern bank of the Moorabool River has not yet been secured through the City of Greater Geelong grows areas process. If it ultimately does eventuate, it will allow for a significant refuge for biodiversity for the lower Moorabool River. PALM hopes Minister Shing will continue to use her position toward that supporting that outcome.