The Victorian Desalination Project

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The Victorian Desalination Project

We take a moment to look back on some of our largest infrastructure work to date. The Victorian Desalination Project and the 225ha ecological reserve is one of the largest ecological restoration projects undertaken in Victorian history. The reserve completes a missing link to the rugged coastline landscape and provides key connections to existing trails, while providing an additional 8km of walking, cycling and horse riding trails within the reserve.

  The design basis for this project was to ensure that the restoration of the landscape was one which further enhanced the local environment and coastal character. Planting design is based upon locally occurring Ecological Vegetation Communities (EVC’s) and has seen the installation of over 3 million plants to date. Forming a key part of the design process was ensuring that all vegetation material was locally sourced. All plants have been propagated from seeds which have been collected from within 40km of the project site, further enhancing the habitat for local fauna and microclimate for self-regeneration of other local species found within the area.   Ongoing flora and fauna assessments are carried out periodically to assess the progress of the reserve and to date there has been much success in relation to the quantum of bird life and ground dwelling species calling the reserve home. While regeneration works have shown much success to date, the over restoration process is only in its early phases of development and in year to come we will continue to assist the plant operators in the review and further development of the reserve to ensure that it becomes one of the state’s most significant and successful integrated projects through large scale infrastructure and community asset.   NEWS_AN_LvA in the press_lv3_809w_409h_c   Top photo: Thiess-Degremont Joint Venture Bottom photo: John Gollings Return to News