A Communities for Nature Grant has enabled the Wattle Flat-Pootilla Landcare Group to continue their work on environmental improvement on the head waters of the Yarrowee River. The Yarrowee River flows through Ballarat and was severely degraded as a result of past gold mining activity. The walking trail was also badly damaged by floods in 2010/2011.
As part of their third project on this section of the river another planting day is planned. The local community, Ballarat Council and users groups of the Yarrowee Trail have been involved in all the projects. So far more than 3500 grasses, ground covers and understory plants have been put in since 2011.
The next area to be worked on is infested with blackberry, gorse, broom, hawthorn and lots of introduced pasture grasses. These weeds will be sprayed out in preparation for the new planting on 18 August. Come along and help plant 1500 plants in 4 hours, 10am – 2pm. Further info see Yarrowee Trail tree planting flier