We'll undertake a weed control and revegetation project to improve the quality of riparian habitat along the Werribee River in Peppertree Park, Bacchus Marsh. This will benefit the platypus population within the river.

​What's happening and when

The works consist of the removal of weed tree species including: 

  • the peppercorn trees

  • control of herbaceous weeds

  • the establishment of around 4,180 indigenous seedlings

Where possible we'll retain those peppercorn trees which provide important screening and have historical value.

Works are expected to commence in February 2015 with the major tree removal works taking approximately four weeks to complete. This will be followed by a three year weed control and vegetation establishment program.

Impacts for local residents

The tree removal includes the use of trucks, excavators and chippers to access the site via various points. Where necessary, we'll install traffic and pedestrian management.  

There will be increased noise from the use of chainsaws, excavator and chippers for the duration of the tree removal works.

Proposed timing

Major tree works will take four weeks from February 2016.

Why this project is important

Local Friend groups have undertaken revegetation works in the park and we aim to complement these works with native vegetation plantings, both upstream and downstream of the site.

In order to be effective, the existing peppercorn trees need to be removed as they limit regeneration of indigenous riparian vegetation.

They also provide no habitat value and their removal will contribute to the ongoing efforts to improve platypus habitat along the Werribee River.

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Last updated:
14 February 2018