RRV Acting Regional Director North Eastern Nathan Matthews said native trees, shrubs and ground cover will be planted in the Calder Woodburn Memorial Rest Area at Arcadia as part of the organisation’s commitment to create a more sustainable transport network. 

“From Bannockburn to Birchip and right across to Gippland our teams will be on the ground working hand in hand with communities and planting native species to help support the local environment,” Mr Matthews said. 

“Locally, our planting at the Calder Woodburn Memorial Rest Area will create a plains woodland environment, which represents the local native vegetation and includes species such as gold dust wattle and grey box.”  

The organisation has partnered with the Euroa Arboretum team to provide the most appropriate mix of seedlings and worked with environmental and road safety experts to ensure the new plants will support the existing surrounding environment. 

“We always try to protect or rehabilitate the environment where possible, so we’re really pleased that the investment in our proactive planting program will make a real difference locally,” Mr Matthews said. 

The Calder Woodburn Memorial Avenue is Australia’s longest eucalypt memorial avenue, stretching almost 20 kilometres along the Goulburn Valley Highway from just south of the Rest Area to Kialla – it includes over 2,400 native trees commemorating those who served in World War II from Shepparton and surrounding areas.

RRV North Eastern Region has representation on the memorial avenue’s advisory committee – a joint community and agency forum that aims to oversee improvements and long-term management of the wider memorial avenue.  

The planting blitz is in addition to existing environmental initiatives and is focusing on arterial road reserves across regional Victoria which form some of the state’s longest public land reserves. 

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