Grow West – 10 years of changing a challenging landscape
Grow West’s vision is to rejuvenate 10,000 hectares of the upper Werribee catchment, west of Melbourne by connecting large areas of public reserves; Brisbane Ranges National Park, Werribee Gorge State Park and up through to Lerderderg State Park, through a mosaic of restoration works on private property. Over the past 10 years, Grow West has revegetated and protected over 1,000 hectares of land, planted 1,000,000 seedlings, attracted over 1,600 volunteers and has invested over $4.5million into the environment.
Grow West is a collaborative project where local communities work together with all levels of government, businesses and organisations to achieve the best outcome for the region in the most effective and sustainable way. Project partners include Melbourne Water, Moorabool Shire Council, Southern Rural Water, Parks Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Victorian National Parks Association, Bacchus Marsh Lions Club, local landcare and friends groups, and individual landholders. Grow West is continually seeking new partners and investors to continue the momentum of this ambitious project that has made and continues to make a positive change to the landscape.