Action brings Maribyrnong back to glory days

Maribyrnong river 1986-87 EPA archive corporate photographs

Sydenham Park in the Maribyrnong valley is the focus of a multi-million dollar project to help restore the landscape back to its former glory.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith today toured the site where over 400 hectares has been treated for pest plants and animals, in preparation for over 50,000 native flora to be planted.

"The Victorian Government has provided $1.04 million to deliver this ambitious project to tackle pest animals and weeds, and restore native habitat in the Maribyrnong Valley," Mr Smith said.

"The Greening the Maribyrnong project is another great example of how the Government is working with private, public and corporate landowners with a shared vision for change.

"Funding these local projects enables local groups to achieve long-term improvements to the health of the region for local residents and visitors.

"Its projects like these, where collaborative work and funding brings real benefits to the region’s land, water and biodiversity.

"This project is aligned to the Government’s Cleaner Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay – a Plan of Action that continues to improve water quality and Victorian’s enjoyment of these beautiful natural spaces."

In addition to the Government’s $1.04 million contribution, funding was provided by the Federal Government, local councils and Melbourne Airport, as well as Indigenous groups and private landholders.

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