Bass Coast,

Protecting significant vegetation

Bass Coast Shire Council is undertaking works to protect vulnerable vegetation along Nyora-St Heliers Road near the South Gippsland Highway.

Areas of native vegetation in this area contain important patches of Eucalypt forest and some small patches known as the Lowland Forest, are unhealthy, requiring maintenance and replanting.

Council’s General Manager Sustainable Development and Growth, Allison Jones, said areas of this forest along the roadside have been dying off over the last few years and as a result, becoming a traffic hazard.

“Council has had an arborist assess these trees and provide advice, and is starting a program to remove dead trees that overhang the roadside to increase safety for motorists,” Ms Jones said.

“To retain the habitat value of this area, over the next few years Council will control the invasive Kikuyu grass that infest the roadside vegetation, remove large trees that are deemed dangerous and trim others. After these works are complete, a revegetation program will take place along the roadside to ensure the Lowland Forest is returned to the area.”

This area is known to have patches of Eucalyptus Strzelecki or Strzelecki Gum, which is a vulnerable Eucalypt and only found in small sections of Victoria around South Gippsland.

The revegetation works will include planting of Strzelecki Gum to ensure the species continues to survive in the South Gippsland and Bass Coast hills.