Restoring the natural glory of Jacksons Creek is a three-year project (2017 to 2020) working to establish a substantial corridor of native vegetation along 10.5 kilometres of Jacksons Creek (between the Emu Bottom Wetlands and Salesian College) to decrease stress on remnant native vegetation as a result of urban development.
The project focuses on:
- Removing pest plants and animals
- Establishing new native vegetation to link and strengthen existing habitat and support local species, including the Growling Grass Frog, Swift Parrot and Platypus
- Improving recreational opportunities for residents and visitors
- Protecting significant Indigenous sites
- Providing community education about the natural values of the creek
- Supporting local community environmental groups to manage the sites into the future.
The project is supported by the Victorian Government and being delivered by the following partners:
- Port Phillip & Westernport CMA (project coordinator)
- Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
- Melbourne Water
- Western Water
- Hume City Council
- Friends of Emu Bottom Wetland Reserve
- Jacksons Creek Eco Network
- Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation
- Villawood Properties
In 2018-19, the project undertook 24.5 hectares of revegetation, 196 hectares of weed control, 138 hectares of rabbit management and 400 metres of fencing.
Wurundjeri’s Narrap Land Management Team were engaged to manage weeds and rabbits infestations along the creek and around the important cultural heritage site, known as the Sunbury Rings. These works are hoped to contribute to maintaining a viable habitat for Platypus, observed in this section of the creek in early June.
16 community events were held in 2018-19, focused on helping re-invigorate the local community group to ensure there is a commitment to the corridor and its health in the years to come. An area of Salesian College land has also been made available for community plantings and the school community has been engaged through Duke of Edinburgh students and a parents group.
2019-20 will be the final year of the project. Additional plantings will be undertaken along the creek and infill plantings in existing revegetation areas. Community and student/parent planting days will also be held. Existing weed control will be consolidated and extended using a Melbourne Water funding contribution to the project.