I was delighted to attend the fifth Awesome
Ornithorynkids (platypus) Day, a celebration of the Monbulk Creek platypus
population and environment at Belgrave Lake Park. A key event of the Southern Dandenongs Landcare Group, organisers
planned a range of activities for all to participate in.
This year I MC’d the night time creature sounds
competition and I was amazed at how many creatures were readily identified by
The day included a planting on the banks of the Monbulk
Creek, a known habitat area for our local platypus population. Awesome
Ornithorynkids provided a great opportunity to harness some community energy
into replanting, with 300 plants put in on the day as part of the revegetation
|Park Victoria were there with a wildlife display as well|
as this fox, a widespread pest animal in
An enormous amount of work has been completed removing
weed nasties like Wandering
Trad (ranked number 10 as worst weed in Yarra Ranges) under the Urban
Fringe Weed Management Initative (UFWMI), a jointly funded project which has
seen $1million of state government investment over four years matched by council to start to
tackle weeds across land tenures in the Dandenongs.
I can only hope that we see tripartisan support for
this initiative into the future and a recommitment to fund the program as we
head into an election year in Victoria. The UFWMI has had some great outcomes
in terms of biodiversity improvements as well as continuing the great
relationship between council and community environment groups in the protection
of natural values and the threat of weeds.
There’s been an enormous amount done in the Dandenongs
and Awesome Ornithorynkids is a great way to showcase this work, educate locals
on our local icon, the platypus and harness some of that community passion into
planting or other volunteer opportunities. Well done SDLG.
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