Improve Dandenong Creek – your input sought!

Great opportunity to continue improving our Dandenong Creek – your input sought!

 Melbourne Water is commencing the next round of Enhancing our Dandenong Creek (EODC) and is developing a project/program list for the next 5-years.

So far and based on the balance of community values and stakeholder input, this comprises:

Pollution Reduction

  • Monitoring and citizen science
  • Enforcement and compliance
  • Pollution treatment (WSUD)

Parklands, Floodplains, Billabongs and Wetlands

  • Billabongs, wetlands, parks and floodplain improvements focusing on biodiversity, ecology and habitat
  • Geomorphology, form and naturalisation (potential daylighting projects)

Amenities and Access

  • Access review and masterplan

Enhanced Traditional Owner Values and Activities

  • Initial scoping with Traditional Owners. Activities likely to fall across other themes, but may include specific activities or actions that come about from engagement

Sewerage management

  • QMRA
  • Screening
  • Improve reporting – ie with Council

Communications, engagement and behaviour change activities

  • Foundational program than runs across and supports all of the above projects,
  • Specific activities, initiatives (particularly for education)
  • Coordinating and driving engagement

Kicking off Parklands, Floodplains, Billabongs and Wetlands!

The Parklands, Floodplains, Billabongs and Wetlands project was the top opportunity which emerged, and one with a lot of potential to deliver significant outcomes for Dandenong Creek.

It encompass a number of opportunities and actions that have been previously identified:

–      Wetland and billabong rehabilitation program (Winton, Scott St, Koomba Park, exploring new wetlands etc)

–      Floodplain and parkland rehabilitation program (focusing on VicRoads and Parks Vic areas in particular, in particular the Dandenong Valley Parklands)

–      Improving amenity and physical form by reinstating natural features

–      Weed control and revegetation along Dandenong Creek and tributaries

Please look over this and identify any specific projects you want to further explore or provide other project ideas (preferably with specific locations).  Please add your ideas to the attached “…Ideas List: document  or email Roger at Roger.Lord@maroondah.vic.gov.au
 
Looking forward to hearing from you and just letting you know we already have a project scoped and identified by Brian for Bungalook Creek (refer links below).
 Roger Lord
Coordinator Environmental Planning

Melbourne Water project proposal

Improving Dandenong Creek ideas

Snake safety talk

https://www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Community/Environment/Environment-Events/Snake-Safety-Talk

Cos                   This is a free event

Contact             Jen Ellison          1300 368 333

j.ellison@yarraranges.vic.gov.au

https://www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au

 

Saturday, 07 September 2019 10:00AM – 12:00PM

This talk by Black Snake Productions will equip you with knowledge about local snake and spider species and how to calmly and effectively deal with a potentially life-threatening situation if it arises.

This session will focus on:

  • Safety awareness and preventative measures
  • First aid treatment of snake and spider bites
  • Emergency response procedures
  • Local snake and spider identification and behaviour

Identifying snake and spider habitat. This is a free event, bookings essential – please use the form below (find at link above.).

Cost                   This is a free event

Contact             Jen Ellison          1300 368 333

 

Working Bee at the Dexters

What a lovely morning it was, spent outdoors at Dexter’s Bush on the banks of the Dandenong Creek in the company of like-minded people. As always, our work can be measured in the number of bags of weeds removed, and the enjoyment measured in the number of laughs. On both counts, it was a very successful morning. Of particular note, it was also Lix Dexter’s 90th birthday a few days prior – congratulations and happy birthday Liz! It was a privilege to be able to share a cup of tea and a slice of birthday cake with both Mick and Liz after the exertions of the morning’s work.

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Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater 30th Anniversary celebration

FREE TO ATTEND EVENTS

Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater 30th Anniversary celebration
Saturday 25th May: Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater are celebrating 30 years of working to secure the future of the critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeater with a symposium from 8.30 to 4.30 in the Lilydale Senior Citizens Centre, 7 Hardy Street Lilydale. 

For more information, click on this link:

https://mailchi.mp/bigpond/friendsnet-99-june-1431409?e=2306a9f53d

 

Working Bee at Uambi

What a beautiful morning it was for our working bee at Uambi on Sunday 15th May. A good turnout of members saw us plant 75 indigenous species plants in the north-western corner of Uambi in an area which, until very recently, was dominated by asparagus fern. Thanks largely to the efforts of Brian, a significant area is now effectively free of asparagus fern, and now that the pine-trees have been ringbarked, it was a great opportunity to begin the revegetation of this area.

It was great to see representatives the 3rd Heathmont Scout Group turn out to help again, and as always, there was much cheerful banter as we planted and weeded before enjoying a refreshing cup of tea and coffee, along with a delicious selection of cakes and biscuits, at the conclusion of the working bee.

Thanks as always to everyone who turned out on the day.  The results of our collective efforts can readily be seen in the improved natural environments in all of the areas in which we work.