Portland residents and visitors have better access to the Great South West Walk, following $30,000 of maintenance works along a section of the popular walking track, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) hired contractors to undertake the works near Hanlon Parade, in Portland.
Ms Tierney said, “Over the past two months, the large cypress trees which line the walk have been trimmed, rubbish has been removed, and significant weed control has been undertaken”.
Woodrowe Tree Technicians reduced the dense cypress tree canopy, clearing two to three metres of branches from the base of each tree.
“There is now a clear line of sight through the trees, providing a safer environment for walkers”, Ms Tierney said.
A substantial amount of rubbish was removed, including syringes, bottles, cans and cardboard.
Weed control works involved the spraying of Gorse, a species of weed that has the potential to spread as well as having environmental impacts.
Other invasive species were also targeted to protect native plants and trees in the area.
These works were carried out in partnership with Glenelg Shire Council to minimise public health and safety risks.
When the wet weather passes, grass slashing and track grading will also be undertaken by DELWP.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“The Great South West Walk is highly valued by the community, and these works are vital to preserving this environmental asset.”
“Whether people are visiting this location for walking, fishing or to take in the stunning views over the ocean, we want that experience to be as special as possible.”
“As the Great South West Walk attracts many tourists to the region each, it’s also important that the trail is maintained so it continues to be a popular visitor destination.”