Twenty-two kilometres along the Dandenong Creek corridor are being transformed into a world class urban link. Work undertaken at 35 sites to date includes 55 hectares of weed control, and 22 hectares of revegetation, clean-up and fencing of sensitive areas. The project features strong community interest, with 22 public events held.

These events include:
  • National Tree Day planting
  • Indigenous bush tucker walk
  • frog monitoring training sessions and citizen science frog survey
  • Living Links – kids teaching kids about waterway pollution
  • Backyard Bird Discovery Walks
  • Discover Dandenong Creek Festival, which attracted over 350 people to celebrate and learn about the natural wonders of the Dandenong Creek.

Partners and the community are helping to address the threats to the Dandenong Creek corridor including poor water quality and creek health, weed invasion, inappropriate access to sensitive native vegetation, access to green recreational space, and climate change. Protection and restoration of the creek will increase the extent, quality and connectivity of native vegetation, support more diverse native flora and fauna, boost populations of threatened species and improve water quality in Dandenong Creek (as well as its adjoining billabongs and wetlands) and into Port Phillip Bay.

Kids Teaching Kids – waterway pollution

Five Grade 6 Science Captains from Dandenong North Primary School attended Melbourne Water’s Kids Teaching Kids 2018 Conference at Melbourne University. The children presented their workshop ‘Foaming Mad’, which highlighted the disturbing ‘foaming’ events that have been occurring in the Dandenong Creek over the past year. They also shared their workshop with the rest of the school, so others could learn about the Dandenong Creek, only 10 minutes from their school.

Students and teachers plant trees in a field

National Tree Day with Friends of Dandenong Valley Parklands at Koomba Park.
Photo credit Port Phillip and Westernport CMA.

Watch video of how Dandenong Creek is being transformed.

Partners

Port Phillip and Westernport CMA, Melbourne Water, conservation volunteers, Boon Wurrung Foundation, Parks Victoria, Greater Dandenong City Council, Maroondah City Council, Monash City Council, Casey City Council, Knox City Council, Whitehorse City Council and Birdlife Australia.

below: Bird watching at Tirhatuan Park, Dandenong North. Photo credit: Port Phillip and Westernport CMA.

Teachers and students birdwatching through binoculars
We prepared a video of our interview with the President of The First Friends of Dandenong Creek group and ran a game designed to show how the animals in the creek are affected by this foaming and asked students to produce a torn paper picture of the creek to send to the EPA and the State Government to remind them that the persons doing this need to be stopped.
Milicia, Dandenong North Primary School student

Page last updated: 28/06/19