Moonlight Creek bio link

Project Summary:

Castlemaine Landcare Group aims to achieve a healthy and self-sustaining bio link along Moonlight Creek between the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park and Forest Creek, both being sites of extensive gold mining and more recent farming. Our primary aim is to enhance ecosystems for species’ survival (including phascogales) in a changing climate. This would also support a World Heritage listing for the Park.

We will work closely with Djaara (via Djandak) as they implement the Kalimna Park Management Plan along the Park section of Moonlight Creek. DELWP has previously contributed regularly to weed control and will continue to maintain an adjoining section.

CLG will focus our work on a 4Ha section where we have worked for more than a decade

Our 2017 planting achieved a very successful survival rate that is now offering shelter and shade.

We want now to

• return further removing weeds, especially Gorse, Spiny Rush, Blackberry and the predominant groundcover Phalaris;

• reduce fire risk and the need of neighbours to contribute considerable sums of money for slashing Phalaris in summer.

Contiguous landholders will be grant partners and other neighbours and Djandak will be invited to participate. We will plan our work to ensure that the ground is sufficiently clear of weeds to enable grasses, forbs and shrubs to spread, once the original planting is established. We have been revegetating another disturbed, Phalaris-covered site, successfully returning priority indigenous food and fibre plants – including Murnong – and wish to continue that practice along Moonlight Creek.