KYABRAM’S Grey Box Reserve has been officially opened.
On November 26 Campaspe Shire mayor Adrian Weston helped unveil the new reserve.
The event concluded five years’ work by the Kyabram Urban Landcare Group on the reserve of grey box trees south of the trotting track stables.
Landcare president Brian Freemantle said grants and hard work transformed the old scramble track into a new bush reserve inside the town’s boundaries.
He acknowledged the importance of the decision the Racecourse Reserve Trustees made to close the scramble track and in particular the efforts of the late Ron Lamont who fenced off the area. This allowed the land to start recovering before the Landcare group took over and began a program of weed control and revegetation.
The works necessary to open the reserve were made possible by grants to the group.
Building of the new entrance and main sign at the Parkland Golf Club carpark in Racecourse Rd was funded by the Kyabram Club.
A Fred Billings bequest funded the gravel for more than 1km of track through the reserve, Mawsons discounted the gravel and Rob Goodson made sure the track was completed with the limited funds.
A recent community grant from Campaspe Shire allowed signage to be installed throughout the reserve, which shows the history, natural features, plants and birds along the new walking trail.
Uncountable voluntary hours by the Landcare group were spent on weed control, revegetation, rubbish removal and minor earthworks.
At the opening, Cr Weston addressed a gathering of over 70 people and emphasised the support of Campaspe Shire for community groups through grants programs.
“Partnerships are important to Campaspe Council and the council appreciates the work of volunteers in improving the environment,” he said. “The signage along the track is vitally important to showcase the vegetation that was dominant in the area before agriculture.”
The reserve is open to the public.