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Media Release
Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders

18 May 2005

20 year clean-up completed in Maribyrnong

Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, today launched a community project as part of a 20-year plan to clean up an old industrial site and restore it to native parkland in western Melbourne.

"Pipemakers Park in Maribyrnong was an industrial site for almost 100 years before it was rezoned as parkland in the 1980s," Mr Hunt said.

"Since then, work has been undertaken to rehabilitate the site to encourage back native endangered species including the spotted marsh frog and the growling grass frog.

"To date this has been very successful and populations of these species are surviving due to increased habitat. There is also an abundance of common froglets.

"The Australian Government contributed $14,000 from Round Four of the Envirofund program to help rehabilitate the Park.

"The aim of the Envirofund project was to reinstate and reinforce the endangered biodiversity of the Maribyrnong River Valley by revegetating a 500 metre corridor from the escarpment down through wetlands to the river's edge.

"The project included planting over 2,000 indigenous plants with the help of local community groups and a program to raise community awareness.

"Work commenced in February 2004 and is now complete and I am delighted to officially launch the project today.

"In summer, eastern grey kangaroos and swamp wallabies frequent the area and the river and wetlands attracts a diverse range of water birds including white faced herons, cormorants, egrets and swans.

"Pipemakers Park is one of the last pockets of original habitat and vegetation types in the area and the Envirofund project has made a significant contribution to restoring the biodiversity of a living green corridor in a thriving part of Australia's second biggest city."

The project at Pipemakers Park is a part of Melbourne's Living Museum of the West.

Media enquiries:
Fiona Murphy (Mr Hunt's office)  0423 577 045

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