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Rod White
Rod WhiteRod has over 10 years experience working in environmental land management, the past 5 specialising in grassland restoration and management.
Jess Gardner
Jess GardnerJess has over 7 years working with GA and worked on developing a number of the techniques currently utilised by our Grassy Groundcover Restoration Project.

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Grasslands on Gardening Australia

Check out this link to see Rod White chatting to Jane Edmanson in the grassland at Werribee Zoo.


Grassland Discovery Field Days

Once again the Moolapio project has conducted two successful Grassland Field Days attracting interest from community and industry personnel to the 14 hectare site located at Point Henry. Each day over 50 participants walked and toured their way through the four established areas of the grassland.

The grasslands were in beautiful form with the wide variety of grasses and wildflowers blooming and seeding. The grassland supports a number of regionally threatened or endangered grass and wildflower species and Greening Australia’s work, as supported by Alcoa Point Henry, is vital in bringing an entire eco-system back from the brink.

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Restoring Grassy Groundcover

Plains Grassland and Grassy Woodland are among Australia’s most threatened vegetation communities. Once widespread throughout the south east of Victoria, these quintessentially Australian ecosystems have been cleared or severely modified due to their suitability for agriculture.

Weed invasion, increased nutrient levels and altered fire regimes have reduced native plant diversity in remaining pockets of this vegetation type. The magnitude of decline is recognized as a critical biodiversity issue at both state and federal levels.

Greening Australia Victoria is working hard to restore a diverse range of native groundcover species at sites across Victoria.  Knowledge gained from restoration research undertaken at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley Campus is informing this process. Thirteen one-hectare plots have been sown with a range of native grassland and grassy woodland species.  Results of this project will guide future revegetation activities.  Additionally, the direct-sown plots will provide an on-going resource of native seed so that endangered grasses can be sown as part of other Greening Australia revegetation projects.

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2011 Earthwatch Rio Tinto Citizen Science Prize

Finalist for a National Biodiversity Award at the UNAA World Environment Day Awards.

One of the top 25 outstanding ecological restoration projects being undertaken in Australian and New Zealand.



Paul Gibson-Roy talks on local radio in the lead up to Governor de Kretser's visit to a GGRP trial site



Top 25 Australasian Ecological Restoration Projects

Project Report - The Grassy Groundcover Restoration Project

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