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Nearly 20,000 trees will be planted along the Morwell to Traralgon Shared Pathway, now under construction.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester today announced Latrobe City Council would receive $79,200 for the revegetation project under the final round of the 20 Million Trees Program.

“This funding will be used to plant 19,800 native trees and shrubs between Morwell and Traralgon along the shared pathway,” Mr Chester said. “It is part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to plant 20 million trees across Australia by 2020.

“The new plantings will create shade and windbreaks along the pathway and provide habitat for birds, insects and reptiles.

“Construction of the 2.5 metre wide, 10 km long path is now underway. When it’s completed, people will be able to cycle, walk or jog along the path from Morwell Railway Station to Coonoc Road in Traralgon.”

The Federal Government has allocated $1.6 million to the shared pathway project, with the State Government contributing $2.95 million. The project is being managed by Latrobe City Council and is expected to be completed in mid-2018.

Latrobe City Council Mayor Councillor Darrell White said the new trees and shrubs would make the pathway more enjoyable for everyone who used it.

“The new trees and shrubs will also enhance the natural environment and help protect native species,” Cr White said.

“Once established, the new vegetation will help to improve the health of nearby waterways and expand and protect remnant bushland, including the threatened Strzelecki Gum.

“The plantings will have a positive impact on the landscape for many years to come.”

For more information on the 20 Million Trees Program, visit: http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/20-million-trees

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