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Planned approach to revegetation

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 5 November 2015

Warrnambool City Council has developed a draft policy to support revegetation efforts made on, or proposed for, Council land.

The draft Revegetation Policy and accompanying Revegetation and Maintenance Guidelines provide direction on planning and implementation requirements for revegetation and land rehabilitation projects on Council owned or managed land.

Council Co-ordinator City Sustainability Kristyn McCaskill said the Warrnambool region had been subjected to extensive native vegetation removal and modification over many years and now had less than 10 per cent of original native vegetation remaining. 

“Many of these areas of remnant native vegetation provide necessary habitat for the region’s threatened species,” Ms McCaskill said. 

“Council encourages and supports revegetation on Council managed land. 

“When planned and implemented appropriately, these works can provide a range of environmental and social benefits.   However, there are also risks associated with this work such as inappropriate siting and design, plant mortality and maintenance. 

“It is anticipated the policy and guidelines will ensure the provision of consistent and successful revegetation and rehabilitation projects.”

The policy and guidelines are now out for public comment.

To view the documents go to www.yoursaywarrnambool.com.au

The policy does not address plantings for amenity or landscape purposes.  Advice on these proposals is provided on a case-by-case basis by Council’s Parks, Gardens and Environment Team. 

 

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