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Working together to save native plants along the Frankston line

26 Nov 2020

We have been working closely with Kingston City Council (KCC) to identify and save native plants along the rail line in Edithvale and Bonbeach before major construction starts in 2021.

The species identified are native endemic species from local native seed, including some species classified as endangered in the area. They often provide habitats for native animals including skinks and blue tongue lizards as well as attracting pollinating insects such as butterflies.

The first batch of plants we identified were several species of flax lilies or Dianella which were near Edithvale. These were carefully dug up in mid 2020 by the KCC’s Native Vegetation Team and the LXRP Environment Team.

More native plants were identified in Bonbeach in mid November this year with more than 200 individual plants safely removed so far. The species include more flax lilies, Warrigal greens (Tetragonia), Kangaroo grass (Themeda), Sedge (Lepidosperma), wattle mat-rush (Lomandra filiformis) and Speargrass (Austrostipa).

These plants have been taken to KCC’s specialised nursery for storage over summer and they will be replanted in natural reserves in Aspendale and Chelsea as part of revegetation projects.

Further discussions are underway for additional opportunities to save more plants along the rail corridor in other areas around Edithvale and along the Frankston line as part of this collaborative environmental initiative.

Native plants being dug up along the rail line for replanting next year.

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