The country roads body has worked with community groups to plant thousands of native trees, shrubs and grasses across the state as part of the organisation’s commitment to considering the local environment whilst creating a safer and more reliable transport network. 

RRV Regional Director (Eastern) Sara Rhodes-Ward said on a local level, RRV engaged the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) to work with RRV employees to plant over 900 native red gum, red box and she oak on RRV-managed land near Bengworden. 

“RRV’s Eastern Region is incredibly pleased to have made this contribution to the local landscape. We had our team out there planting with local traditional owners to deliver this proactive planting project that will have a positive long-term impact on the local environment by improving degraded landscapes and providing habitat for native plants and wildlife” Ms Rhodes-Ward said. 

“Our environment team sourced the seedlings from local suppliers and have considered the location carefully to ensure the new trees will work in with the surrounding environment.” 

GLaWAC’s General Manager On-Country Daniel Miller said that it is important for everyone to work together to care for Country. 

“Projects such as this give our work crew the opportunity to be out on Country putting their natural resource management skills to good use by working with other agencies to create a wildlife corridor.” 

The initiative is part of RRV’s commitment to plant 100,000 indigenous trees and recycle one million tyres across the state by 2022. 

See more information about RRV and road projects taking place in your area.  

Adam Lancaster - Regional Roads Victoria, Jo Castile-Roberts - Regional Roads Victoria, Ashley Hood - Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation

L-R Adam Lancaster - Regional Roads Victoria, Jo Castile-Roberts - Regional Roads Victoria, Ashley Hood - Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation 

Ashley Hood - Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, Monique DeCarli - Regional Roads Victoria

L-R Ashley Hood - Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, Monique DeCarli - Regional Roads Victoria