In celebration of 2013 being the 30th Anniversary of the Blackburn Creeklands, the archives have been opened and several historical documents and artefacts can now been published on this website for all to see. We are very grateful to the private individuals who have maintained copies of the historical material and who have kindly allowed us to publish them here.
Recently released material includes:
- A summary of the Up the Creek! campaign to save the land which links and integrates Blacks Walk, Kalang Reserve and Furness Park into today’s wonderful Blackburn Creeklands park.
- The November, 1981 Land Under Threat report used at the time to communicate the case for conservation and proposed plans for the future.
- Notes on the Blackburn Creek Conservation Group (BCCG) and the minutes of its meetings 1981-1984. The BCCG was the forerunner of today’s Blackburn Creeklands Advisory Committee.
We hope that the interest in this material is not purely historical. Even though the major events occurred thirty years ago, we should remember that the campaign was a resounding success – and that there may be lessons or points of interest for today’s campaigns of a similar nature. For example, another nearby community (Forest Hill/Vermont) is going through a similar process now trying to preserve land threatened to be sold off – in this case, by VicRoads. Please click this link for further information on that campaign.
We’ve also released the 2002 City of Whitehorse Master Plan for the Blackburn Creeklands park which is used to guide management of the park.