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Drouin biodiverse bushland reserve to be created by Baw Baw Shire Council from purchase of Roberts Court Bushland Reserve

Baw Baw Shire Council has purchased a 10.53-hectare property in Drouin for the creation of a community bushland reserve.

By news@gippsland - 2nd May 2022 - Back to News

The property, known as the Roberts Court Bushland Reserve - located at Longwarry Road Drouin, was identified as a high value environmental property due to its significant biodiversity values and potential for future enhancements such as meandering walkways, educational signage and wildlife viewing areas.

Retaining the bushland reserve will preserve natural habitat for local wildlife with species such as burrowing crayfish, lorikeets, rosellas, kookaburras, and many more calling the site home

Retaining the bushland reserve will preserve natural habitat for local wildlife with species such as burrowing crayfish, lorikeets, rosellas, kookaburras, and many more calling the site home

Ecological and environmental value

The reserve is also home to a population of the nationally threatened Strzelecki Gum. The reserve will also provide benefits for the surrounding community by lowering ambient temperatures, purifying air, and encouraging residents to adopt healthy recreational activities such as walking.

Purchase of the Reserve was identified within the Drouin Development Contribution Plan (DCP01) and included in council's Long Term Infrastructure Plan to occur in the 2021/22 financial year. The acquisition of the land will be completed using funds allocated in either council's Land Sales reserve or Native Vegetation reserve with contributions from the Development Contributions Levy, meaning no rate revenue will be used to facilitate the purchase.

Local community group, Friends of Drouin's Trees, voiced their support for the purchase of the bushland reserve via a submission during vouncil's 2020/21 annual budget process. The submission cited the ecological and environmental value of the site to the existing fauna and flora, as well as the benefits urban bushland provides to the wider community.

Ensuring a sustainable future

Judy Farmer of Friends of Drouin's Trees celebrated following the council's unanimous decision to purchase the property. "Thank you and congratulations to all the council officers who have been working on the purchase of the bushland reserve over the past few years" she said.

"The Roberts Court Bushland Reserve is home to an abundance of plant and animal life and retaining places like this is vital to ensuring a sustainable future for our area. Hopefully, we will all get to see this area preserved and become one of the most visited and utilised environmental spaces in Baw Baw Shire." Ms Farmer said.

Community members joined Friends of Drouin's Trees in celebrating the decision on their Friends of Drouin Trees Facebook page. Following the recent finalisation of the acquisition, council will release the purchase price to the community at a future council meeting.

Pictures from Baw Baw Shire Council website.


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