In 2005 the HREP committee, supported by VTAG and the Shire of Strathbogie, successfully applied for a cluster of grants - Regional Partnerships, National Heritage Trust, Regional Development Victoria and Helen McPherson Trust, plus support from the Violet Town Action Group, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Small Towns Development Funds and the Shire of Strathbogie, Stage 1 of the HREP project was begun.
It was now able to begin implementing its Masterplan.
A three kilometre loop walking track was constructed along both sides of the creek, sculptures, educational signs, seats and picnic tables were installed along the its length and large areas of indigenous vegetation along the creek sides and in the open areas were planted.
Later, in conjunction with the Shire, a new bridge was erected across the creek.
The sporting groups located within the Recreational Reserve also implemented most of the improvements that they had envisioned for their sites.
By 2011 the period of funding by the cluster of grants had ended. The HREP committee needed to look elsewhere for new grants to enable it to continue its valuable project. Many aspects of the blueprint had not yet been achieved.
So, late in 2011, a Department of Sustainability "Communities for Nature" Grant was applied for so that Stage 2 of the HREP Project could begin.