Former waste site turned into urban forest

The former Sale Transfer Station in Sale.

Over 2500 indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses have been planted at the former Sale Transfer Station site in Lacey Street, as part of Wellington Shire Council’s ongoing efforts to enhance biodiversity.

The Sale Transfer Station project was rolled out in accordance with Council’s Urban Biodiversity Plan, which has seen a mix of revegetation plantings and other works at Council-managed sites across the shire.

Such projects protect and enhance the shire’s natural habitats and provide increased opportunity for people to connect with nature, which has been shown to have a positive impact on mental health.

Funding for this work was supported by a $10,000 grant from the Australian Government’s Communities Environment Program.

The planting session at Sale Transfer Station was assisted by local youths, in recognition of Council’s ongoing support for their cycling activities in the area.

To further increase biodiversity at the site, nesting hollows to provide habitats for a range of native bird species will be installed at the former transfer station in the coming months. Nesting hollows will be installed at other sites in 2021.

Council’s Urban Biodiversity Plan was developed to align with Wellington Shire Council’s Public Open Space Plan 2014-2024, the Wellington 2030 Strategic Vision, and the Victorian Government’s Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037 strategy.

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