Australian Department of the Environment

Australian Department of the Environment

Parklands Albury Wodonga is appreciative of financial support for on ground environmental and heritage projects from numerous Australian Government program grants over the past two decades.

The Department of the Environment designs and implements the Australian Government’s policies and programmes to protect and conserve the environment, water and heritage and promote climate action. The environmental framework is being delivered under four pillars of clean air, clean land, clean water and national heritage.

Recent Department of Environment funded projects include; 

  • 20 Million Trees - 33,000 seedlings to be planted over the next 3 years
  • Green Army - a partnership with the Wodonga Urban Landcare Network over 4 programs
  • Your Community Heritage - "sharing old stories in new ways" signage and online story telling project
  • Biodiversity Fund- "Bushlinks" partnership with the Slopes to Summit Great Eastern Ranges Partners to deliver landscape scale conservation projects.

Examples of the longer term impact of Australian Government investments.

Some of the many larger scale Natural Heritage Trust projects that have been implemented by Parklands Albury Wodonga in partnership with others over the years include;

Kiewa River, Killara - 25km's of fencing and revegetation.  Today, the lower Kiewa Bushlands is identified in Victorian publications as of statewide signficance due to the floristic diversity.

Eight Mile, Thurgoona - 30km's of riparian fencing and revegetation of what was at the time grazing country.  Today, these corridors are part of the award winning Thurgoona Threatened Species Strategy and have been preserved into perpetuity for both community and native fauna as part of the NSW Government managed "Albury Environmental Lands".

Bonegilla Migrant Experience Heritage Park - restoration of five termite infested, dillapidated heritage buildings.  Today, these buildings are accessible to the public with interactive interpretation and the entire site (23 heritage buildings) is on the National Heritage register.

McFarlanes Hill and Swainsona, West Wodonga - stock exclusion fencing to protect the threatened Box Gum Grassy Woodland ecological vegetation community and the Swainsona Pea.  Today, the Hunchback Bushlands is a popular recreational area for walkers, bikers and bird watchers due to it's natural heritage values and the many locals who participate in maintenance of the bushland, who have learnt to appreciate this importance of this site.

Baranduda Bushlands, Baranduda - fencing and revegetation if this degraded, cleared hillside.  Today, this threatened Box Gum Grassy Woodland is home to a wide diversity of native fauna, including flora and fauna that is threatened at a regional, state and national level.  Baranduda residents have grown to appreciate the unique natural heritage values of this magnificent range, thanks in large part to the ongoing efforts of the Baranduda Landcare Group who continue to offer educational talks and create opportunities for community stewardship of this public land.

High Country Rail Trail, Bonegilla and Tallangatta - fencing and revegetation.  Today, 75km's of this rail trail is accessible to the community for recreation. This corridor is one of three "hero rail trails" in North East Victoria, providing economic stimulus to smaller rural communities through visitation.  The revegetated and open grassland areas along the rail trail corridor are also a critical link for native flora and fauna in adapting to climate change.  The restoration of railway trestle bridges is also protecting and celebrating the cultural heritage of the region, and the highest trestle trail in Australia.