Park News – April, 2015

Friends and Volunteering

frog bog

  • Our first working bee for the year will be this coming Sunday (3/5) 09:00-12:00 near the Frog Bog (nb NOT the Waratah Wetlands).   Nearest parking is adjacent to the Bowls Club or Laburnum Primary School.
  • Please BYOW (bring your own wheelbarrow) if you can – some mulch distribution will be undertaken as well as planting out of the “corridor”.
  • We hope to (re)connect with as many Friends as possible on the day.
  • If you are interested in nominating for a park committee including our own Blackburn Creeklands Advisory Committee, nomination forms are available from Whitehorse Council and should be lodged by the 8th May.

Main Street Bridge Maintenance

bridge works

  • The Melbourne Water contractor has completed the creek flow remediation work.  We’ve been very impressed by the quality of the work – especially the bank stabilization rock work and the weir on the eastern side of the bridge.
  • The Creeklands Committee will be active in the revegetation work that is now required.
  • It’s not all over red rover!  Council maintenance of the bridge (eg the new railings and pedestrian refuge) is still to come…

Autumn Bird Survey

2015 Autumn Bird Survey - Bronzewing

Male Common Bronzewing – Photo: Craig Hogan

2015 Autumn Bird Survey -Tawny

Tawny Frogmouth – Photo: Craig Hogan

  • Our autumn bird survey was very successful with 23 people attending and 29 different bird species being identified.
  • Despite it being damp (following earlier rain) and there being some very light drizzle, the windless conditions were ideal – enabling bird calls to be heard and identified easily.
  • Please click here for a full report.

Photopoints

  • Some of our people have been working on a current set of photographs to augment work done in the past – capturing photos from a set of specific vantage points – work which commenced in 1996.  GPS coordinates are being captured for each photopoint.
  • We hope to publish sample time-series photo studies on the website when available.

Our Projects

corridor project areas

  • Corridor Regeneration – the maintenance team has been busy preparing both the corridor project areas for planting out in this year’s community working bees which start on Sunday.

billabong path

  • The Billabong – Work on the billabong in Kalang Park is nearing completion – though some fixes to the path are needed first.
  • The width of the Lilydale topping path needs to be reduced (yellow dotted lines at 2m width are in place) and the hard cement/concrete layer on the surface needs to be removed.
  • Committee will request that Council “turn on” the water supply so as to fully test the billabong system ASAP.  We’ll let you know as soon as the water is there !
  • Planting-out of the surrounding area will probably not occur until the July working bee.
  • 60 Main Street and the Park Land Adjacent – Whitehorse Council commenced final woody weed removals along the Main Street frontage this morning (30/4).  Two problem woody weed trees along Heath Street are also included.
  • By the way, the 60 Main Street property has been withdrawn from sale – even though we’ve done so much work regenerating the parkland next door!  Also, the latest application for 3 houses on the block has recently (28/4) been refused by Council.
  • New projects:  Given two of our current projects are nearing completion, we are considering new project opportunities.   Examples might be renovation of the car park adjacent to the Bowls Club and, more ambitiously, removal/improvement of the concrete creek barreling in Kalang Park.
  • We are very interested in hearing any ideas for new projects from Friends too.  Please let us know any brilliant ideas you may have!

Council Projects

  • Kalang Oval Pavilion: The full amount of the project funds for the Kalang Park pavilion appears to be in this year’s Whitehorse Council budget.  Work is expected to commence fairly soon.

barrier furness

  • “No Road” Barrier – end of Furness Street:   The formerly disintegrating “No Road” Barrier at the park end of Furness Street has been replaced by a split post and rail fence for compatibility with the park.  The fading “No Road” sign itself will also be replaced in due course.
  • Eastern Councils Vegetation Monitoring Project:  You may have noticed the numerous yellow and black ribbons tied to trees in Furness Park – please don’t interfere with them – they relate to a biodiversity project led by the City of Boroondara with the University of Melbourne.  Other study sites in Whitehorse are the Wandinong Sanctuary and Antonio Park.
  • The study relates to changes in biodiversity in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

In the Corridor

corridor Jamieson Res and 1 lake rd

  • The Below the Lake Group needs assistance meeting its target grant hours in the Jamieson Reserve and related areas.  They’ve being doing some great stuff in the corridor between the Lake Sanctuary and our Creeklands.  Their next working bee is on Saturday 2/5 2-4 PM at Lake Road- but please don’t tire yourself out for our working bee the next day!
  • Their  final working bee counting towards their grant will be on Saturday 13th June 2-4PM.   Any Friends who can help out had better get up there!
  • Don’t forget your own place in the corridor – to help you “do your bit”, both local indigenous plant nurseries are having May sales: Bungalook 10/5 09:30-14:30, Greenlink 16/5 09:00-12:00.
  • Renaming of 1 Lake Road reserve:  The smart money is on “McCubbin Walk” – apparently preferred in a plebiscite of local residents despite the park not being in either Box Hill or Heidelberg!

Plant of the Month

correa reflexa

The Common Correa

  •  Plant of the Month is Common Correa or “Native Fuchsia”  (Correa reflexa).  This is a variable shrub which is very attractive to birds.  It is flowering nicely now (normally from May to October) – with pale green bells locally and red bells elsewhere.

Weed of the Month

southern corridor 1

Wandering Trad in the Southern Corridor – now largely eradicated there!

  •  Weed of the Month is Wandering Trad  or Wandering Creeper (Tradescantia albiflora or Tradescantia fluminensis).  It comes to us from South America and is an environmental weed which has invaded several areas within the park – and also many home gardens.
  • It tends to proliferate along waterways as broken plant fragments readily take root in moist soil. It also spreads easily from garden waste dumped (illegally) in the park.
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