Envite through the Drought Employment Program has a longstanding relationship with the East Gippsland Rail Trail (EGRT) Committee. Envite recognise and value the important links between environmental conservation, connecting people with nature and East Gippsland’s tourism economy. The EGRT is an important visitor attraction and nature reserve.

Envite’s Drought Relief crews have been working to control weeds and clear obstructive vegetation along the trail. The recent work our crew have done include clearing a number of fallen trees from the section connecting Nowa Nowa to Orbost and controlling weeds (blackberry) at the old station in Bruthen.

The trail has been maintained for visitors to and residents of the East Gippsland Region. “It is such satisfying work – just as we had finished clearing the last fallen tree from the track for the day a young family cycled past the way with a big ‘thank you’! I’m glad we were able to get this section of the trail cleared in time for the weekend”, said Julie-Anne O’Neill, Lakes Entrance to Cape-Conran crew supervisor.

The Drought Employment Program is a Victorian Government funded initiative. Envite Environment is subcontracted by East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority to deliver the program.