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Ross Trust donates 47 hectares for new Bushland Reserve

Residents of Pakenham, Officer, Upper Beaconsfield and the surrounding area will be able to enjoy a wonderful new recreation reserve following a gift of 47 hectares of pristine bushland to Cardinia Shire Council. Known as the Hillview Bushland Reserve, the land lies between Bathe Road and Carpenters Road and is bisected by Officer Road.

The Ross Trust, through its subsidiary Hillview Quarries, has donated the area – the equivalent size to 25 MCG’s – to protect local flora and fauna and for the recreational use of the community.
The land has important environmental conservation values and is now permanently protected by a Trust for Nature conservation covenant.

Mrs Eda Ritchie, Chairman of the Ross Trust and a director of Hillview Quarries, said the company recognised the important conservation values of the area and the value of protecting it for the future.

Hillview Quarries originally purchased the land in the 1980s to expand the company’s quarrying interests. However the land was found to be surplus to its commercial interests, so the Trust requested Hillview set aside the 47 hectares for a reserve which the Cardinia Shire now owns on behalf of the community. An adjacent seven hectares was subdivided into nine large residential blocks. These residential blocks, running off Bathe and Leppitt roads, are for sale and the proceeds will enable more charitable grants throughout Victoria.

Cardinia Shire Council Mayor Cr Brett Owen said the land handover was a generous gesture and is the largest gift of bushland to a Melbourne council by a philanthropic trust for more than 50 years. “This area will become a wonderful asset for bushwalkers and bird watchers and the gift of the reserve was an example of how business, local government and philanthropy can work together for the lasting benefit of the local community.”

Ross Trust Application Form & Process Update

The Ross Trust has recently simplified its application forms and process, so please refer to the grants section for more information.

Applications on the old forms will be accepted until 31 July 2013.

Impact Area Priority Matrix

In an effort to provide further clarity to grant seekers we have developed a priority matrix for each of our impact areas. Please go to the impact area section for more information.

The R E Ross Trust has a new website!

The Ross Trust is proud to launch our new and improved website! We hope you find it useful and easy to navigate. We welcome your feedback, please get in touch if you have any comments.