Wednesday, 14 July 2021

The Andrews Labor Government is partnering with a north-east Victorian all-abilities team to create a habitat for the endangered Regent Honeyeater species on the Hume Freeway road reserve.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said 9,000 trees, shrubs and ground covers will be planted in Chiltern and Glenrowan as part of a commitment to helping create a more sustainable transport network.

The sites, which run over five kilometres, were selected because they will help link habitats for the Regent Honeyeater.

The Regent Honeyeater is a nationally threatened species, listed as critically endangered under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

A species native to mainland south-east Australia, the Regent Honeyeater uses specific eucalypt and mistletoe species for feeding. Sadly, its decline is due to factors including habitat clearing and environmental degradation.

The planting at Chiltern will rehabilitate a site where the invasive Golden Wreath Wattle species was removed in previous efforts by the Department of Transport to help support the Regent Honeyeater.

Merriwa’s all-abilities team will create the Regent Honeyeater habitat with tube stock plants grown at their Park Lane nursery, Wangaratta, including Silver Wattles, River Red Gums, Yellow Box, Common Wallaby Grass, Gold Dust Wattle, Sweet Bursaria, and Kangaroo Grass.

Planting will take up to three weeks and is dependent on weather conditions.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“As custodians of the environment, we are pleased to be supporting habitat creation for the endangered Regent Honeyeater along the Hume Freeway, in partnership with Merriwa. We will always try to protect or rehabilitate the environment where possible.”

“This initiative is a great example of how the Victorian Government can create a more sustainable transport network and help to safeguard our native fauna.”

Quotes attributable to Divisional Manager Park Lane – Merriwa, Maria Wadley

“We are extremely proud to be a part of this significant environmental project and work towards building a sustainable future for our environment in the years to come.”

“There will be great outcomes for our all-abilities team, including project experience and learning new skills, which is something that we really value and love to see our team learn, grow and develop.”