LEITCHVILLE’S old rubbish tip will become a park thanks to a big effort by Landcare and the local community.
Leitchville Landcare, Gannawarra Shire Council and the Leitchville community have joined forces on the project.
Last month they hosted a planting day and fencing day at the 4.68h site, on Leitchville's south side.
About 35 Landcare members, volunteers and Leitchville Primary School students all pitched in to plant trees, Leitchville Landcare secretary Anne Cay said .
About 500 native tree seedlings had been planted of a total of 1000.
Ms Cay said the park would reduce the amount of dust to housing and public buildings and reduce soil salinity.
“Besides these environmental benefits are the recreational and social benefits of a large treed park in an area with limited access to bush within walking distance of housing,” she said.
“We hope the park will be another quality of life feature for town residents.”
Ms Cay said the site began its transformation from a bare paddock two years ago when the shire built walking tracks, and Landcare saw the potential of revegetating the site.
On the group's fencing day, 1km of rabbit-proof fence was built with funding from the North Central Catchment Management Authority and fencing supplies from Geoff Fry.
Ms Cay said many people had donated their time and effort on the planting and fencing days.
The youngest and the oldest, Ethan Billman, 7, and ,Yvonne Church, 76, volunteered both days. Yvonne spent six or seven hours building fences then the whole day planting trees, Ms Cay said.
Communities for Nature funding will pay for the trees to be watered for the first two summers.
Ms Cay said there were now plans for a sculpture and the Leitchville community of about 200 residents was voting for a name of the park.