MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — On Saturday, 29 April, I had the opportunity to visit a really impressive example of revegetation and rehabilitation in my electorate of Western Victoria. The Basalt to Bay Landcare Network and the Green Line conservation and revegetation project from Koroit to Minhamite represents over five years of work under the guidance of facilitator Lisette Mill. The Andrews Labor government contributed $30 000 in 2016 towards funding for this trail, part of a three-year partnership with Landcare Australia that will deliver more than $250 000 to help manage and protect Victorian native vegetation and fauna.
In partnership with VicTrack and Landcare Australia the Basalt to Bay Landcare Network manages 37 kilometres of old railway track land that is home to 27 endangered flora and fauna species. It is an outstanding example of what can be achieved through collaboration with differing parties, including Landcare, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, local government, local organisations, educational and training institutions and landholders.
A key goal is to educate young people about what it takes to restore degraded land by providing engaging and practical opportunities for vocational education. I especially note the successful involvement of South West TAFE students, who have completed qualifications in conservation and land management. It also has practical benefits for landholders. The Australian Taxation Office has assisted by offering local farmers deductions if they plant green shelterbelts to prevent or fight land degradation for a clear primary production purpose.
The Green Line is a really good effort to restore native habitat, and I congratulate Lisette Mill on her work and on her ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders. I commend everyone who has worked on this fantastic conservation project.