CROUCHING EMU REVEGETATION PROJECT… From left, Gary Mogford from Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria, Cody Wilson, Ruth O’Bree and Sharna Calder from Mooroopna Secondary College, Travis Turner from Greater Shepparton City Council Sustainability and Environment, Terry Court from Crouching Emu Committee, Wendy D’Amore from Goulburn Murray Landcare Network and Glenda James from Keep Australia Beautiful. Photo: Alicia Niglia.AFTER helping to see the transformation of the roadside along Dhurringile Road in Tatura over the past seven years, the Crouching Emu Revegetation Project has been announced as a finalist in the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria's Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Awards 2013.Running as a finalist in the Government Partnerships and Protection of the Environment categories, the project was driven by the Tatura community in order to re-establish an environmental corridor containing indigenous species along the 8kms of road.Key components of the Project were to protect and enhance the remnant native vegetation present along Dhurringile Road through extensive revegetation activities via a co-ordinated community engagement process to increase environmental awareness.Greater Shepparton City Council Sustainability and Environment Officer, Travis Turner said, "I am very proud to have been a part of the Crouching Emu' project."A big part of this project was getting the schools and community involved on planting days."The density and diversity of native species has now been greatly increased with over 13,000 indigenous plants planted over the last seven years."Weed species are greatly reduced in numbers and woody weeds such as willow and peppercorn are now largely absent from the roadside."We believe this project is proof that the community can work together to bring about positive change in the environment over a short period of time," Travis said.The project will now go up against others at a Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Awards event ceremony at Wycheproof on Saturday, October 12, where winners of each category and the Tidy Town of the Year 2013 will be announced.
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