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Placemaking at Red Moort

Published 20 Jul 2018 
about  Monjebup Reserves  
The Red Moort (Eucalyptus vesiculosa) for which this reserve is likely the world stronghold, is flowering early this year.<br/> The Red Moort (Eucalyptus vesiculosa) for which this reserve is likely the world stronghold, is flowering early this year.
The new drive in to the Field Station starts through a bit of the mallee heath restoration we did back in 2014.<br/> The new drive in to the Field Station starts through a bit of the mallee heath restoration we did back in 2014.
Our restoration man Jack Mercer is so very good at what he does.<br/> Our restoration man Jack Mercer is so very good at what he does.
New track formed up only yesterday, but it'll anchor nicely into its setting.<br/> New track formed up only yesterday, but it'll anchor nicely into its setting.
It took a bit of trial and error to get the alignment right, but I reckon we've nailed it.<br/> It took a bit of trial and error to get the alignment right, but I reckon we've nailed it.
All go at the Field Station yesterday.....<br/> All go at the Field Station yesterday.....
View out from the Field Station. Not a bad one to retire to at the end of a hard day's work.<br/> View out from the Field Station. Not a bad one to retire to at the end of a hard day's work.
Firewood lot of 600-700 trees I planted just behind the Field Station site two years ago is well away.<br/> Firewood lot of 600-700 trees I planted just behind the Field Station site two years ago is well away.
Mature Eucalyptus flocktoniae, one of the local mallees. Shouldn't need to knock over too many of these each year for a winter's firewood, and they'll immediately coppice and grow again.<br/> Mature Eucalyptus flocktoniae, one of the local mallees. Shouldn't need to knock over too many of these each year for a winter's firewood, and they'll immediately coppice and grow again.
Finished the day with a quick trip up the road to check the brand new Malleefowl nest in 2012 restoration on Monjebup Reserve. We have some great camera footage of both birds working their mound.<br/> Finished the day with a quick trip up the road to check the brand new Malleefowl nest in 2012 restoration on Monjebup Reserve. We have some great camera footage of both birds working their mound.

Red Moort Reserve really has been the dream project since we purchased it as an abandoned farm in 2014.

Just over 1,000 hectares of stunning country, it came up trumps as the best property of the eight we own or partner with for location of our Field Station.

We found a gorgeous site for it about 800 metres in off Monjebup Road, and the build that started only in April is ahead of schedule and on budget.

No Grand Designs project this one! I spent a lot of time working out an access alignment for the drive-in that makes for a memorable arrival experience. Our grader driver formed that up only yesterday, so it's very raw, but will anchor nicely into the landscape.

It starts through a bit of the mallee heath restoration we did back in 2014, already pretty as a picture. Firewood lot of the Eucalyptus flocktoniae that's natural to the site and loves the red clay soils was planted two years ago and is well away. So we're set to start planning for a grand opening that positions us for the next 15 years in the Fitz-Stirling landscape – building on our successes over the last 15 to take it to the next level.

The new drive in to the Field Station starts through a bit of the mallee heath restoration we did back in 2014.<br/> The new drive in to the Field Station starts through a bit of the mallee heath restoration we did back in 2014.
Our restoration man Jack Mercer is so very good at what he does.<br/> Our restoration man Jack Mercer is so very good at what he does.
New track formed up only yesterday, but it'll anchor nicely into its setting.<br/> New track formed up only yesterday, but it'll anchor nicely into its setting.
It took a bit of trial and error to get the alignment right, but I reckon we've nailed it.<br/> It took a bit of trial and error to get the alignment right, but I reckon we've nailed it.
All go at the Field Station yesterday.....<br/> All go at the Field Station yesterday.....
View out from the Field Station. Not a bad one to retire to at the end of a hard day's work.<br/> View out from the Field Station. Not a bad one to retire to at the end of a hard day's work.
Firewood lot of 600-700 trees I planted just behind the Field Station site two years ago is well away.<br/> Firewood lot of 600-700 trees I planted just behind the Field Station site two years ago is well away.
Mature Eucalyptus flocktoniae, one of the local mallees. Shouldn't need to knock over too many of these each year for a winter's firewood, and they'll immediately coppice and grow again.<br/> Mature Eucalyptus flocktoniae, one of the local mallees. Shouldn't need to knock over too many of these each year for a winter's firewood, and they'll immediately coppice and grow again.
Finished the day with a quick trip up the road to check the brand new Malleefowl nest in 2012 restoration on Monjebup Reserve. We have some great camera footage of both birds working their mound.<br/> Finished the day with a quick trip up the road to check the brand new Malleefowl nest in 2012 restoration on Monjebup Reserve. We have some great camera footage of both birds working their mound.