St Georges Ecology
Vast areas of Australian native grasslands have been heavily modified or completely destroyed through agricultural practices and urban growth leaving less than 1% of the original area of Victorian Volcanic Plains grasslands intact. In many areas, church yards and cemeteries are the last bastions of these communities remaining as little other than mowing and light traffic has occurred there.
St Georges is a great example where light disturbance has allowed the original and now extremely significant vegetation community to persist. The people of St Georges have now acted to further protect this important remnant by installing bollards to control traffic on the site, only mowing seasonally to allow seeding and regeneration, and periodically burning to remove biomass and encourage regeneration and vigour.
Especially in Spring this reserved area really adds to the beauty of the site and provides a significant service to and asset for the community.