Rare Flowers Damaged by Roadwork

Rare Flowers Damaged by RoadworkA critically endangered site of flowers, Wimmera, has been damaged by Horsham Rural City Council roadwork — an incident that is being investigated by The Department of Sustainability and Environment.

Pauline Rudolf, department threatened species officer, said there are only two known sites of Wimmera rice-flowers, one in Natimuk and one in Minyip.

Until 2005, the plant had been thought to be extinct, when it was discovered at the Natimuk roadside.

Council technical services manager, David Eltringham, said that the incidence of roadside work was being investigated.

Mr. Eltringham said, “We did some road shoulder reconstruction work, there were some of these plants along the side of the road and at that point we were not aware of what they were and unfortunately damaged. We’re working with DSE to reinstate any damage that might have been done and also to ensure any further incidents with this plant won’t occur.”

Mrs. Rudolph did not comment on the roadside work, all she had to say was, “These are only two known populations for the Wimmera and the world. This is the most significant roadside for Horsham Rural City Council.”

[Via: The Wimmera Mail Times]

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