We’d like to thank Montmorency Primary School and Montmorency Secondary College students who recently showed their commitment to their local area and the environment by digging deep at our community planting day at the new Montmorency Station.
Under the guidance of environment team members from the Hurstbridge Line Duplication Project, students planted a diverse array of native and indigenous species, from the red-fruit saw-sedge, which supports the habitat for the Eltham Copper Butterfly, to golden wattle, Australia’s national floral emblem.
The group also learned about different trees and plants, as well as the importance of biodiversity and local ecosystems.
As part of the project, we are planting more than 9000 trees and around 78,000 plants, flowering shrubs and grasses from Greensborough to Wattle Glen over the coming months, creating a bush environment and a native plant corridor for local birds and wildlife.
Planting will be typical of local eucalypt woodlands, the Plenty River Valley, and bush gardens and parks of the area.
We have also installed a mix of nest boxes, hollow logs and flat packs along the rail line that will provide a home for local species while the new trees and plants mature and grow.
The many local species native to the area include sugar gliders, microbats, brushtail and ringtail possums, and various bird species such as magpie, rosella, rainbow lorikeet, and king parrot.
As part of the project, we’ve built a new Montmorency Station and Greensborough Station, and upgraded Diamond Creek Station.
We’ve also duplicated 3.5km of track on the Hurstbridge Line, adding 39 additional services per week on the line.