Park Users and Neighbours

Our park, not only provides a wonderful resource for recreation, but also provides a wildlife corridor linking Blackburn Lake with areas further west.  One significant problem our park has, is that it is very narrow in places – in fact, probably too narrow to adequately meet its purposes.  To be effective, the park therefore relies on its neighbours – to buffer and extend the park a little for people, fauna and flora.

This not only includes canopy trees on nearby private land (which the new zonings, Neighbourhood Character statements and Significant Landscape Overlays covering some of the park’s neighbouring properties seek to protect), but also should include compatible understory vegetation and softening property boundaries and the  visual interface with the park.

Although many neighbours respect the park, there are unfortunately a few who do the wrong thing doing things like throwing green waste such as lawn clippings and palm fronds into the park.  This page covers a range of topics with advice as to how you might help care for the Blackburn Creeklands.

Local Laws

Please report any suspected illegal mulch/waste dumping in the park, illegal tree removals, demolitions, etc to the Whitehorse Council local laws officer:  Mr Werner Zaske – telephone 9262 6588.

Syringe Safety

  • Several of our Friends collect rubbish when out walking (thanks for helping keep our park clean!).  Very occasionally, syringes and related waste are discarded in the park or in waterways.  These present a danger to park users including children.
  • If you find syringes (or other bio-hazardous waste):
    • please do not touch syringes
    • Contact Whitehorse Council for pick up (telephone 9262 6333 – there is an ‘after hours’ service).

Vandalism

  • Please report any damage noticed or acts of vandalism to the Whitehorse Council.
  • Please call the City of Whitehorse on 9262 6333 (all hours).

Park Logs and Other Wood

  • Logs, fallen branches, twigs and leaf litter are needed in a bushland park like ours to provide habitat for insects and lizards, to mulch and rot down returning important nutrients to the soil and to contribute to the natural look and feel of the park.

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  • Council regularly assesses live and dead trees in the park for stability.  If a tree has to be cut down, we usually recommend that the logs be retained in the vicinity if practicable for habitat purposes.
  • There have been occasional reports of people stealing logs and branches from the park for firewood – even using chainsaws.  Others collect “kindling” for private use…   Neither activity is permitted nor desirable.  Obviously, only Council staff and its contractors are permitted to use chainsaws in the park.
  • Any thefts should be reported to the City of Whitehorse on 9262 6333 (all hours).

Pollution

  • Please report any signs of pollution, eg any coloured or oily substances in/on the water or residue on the banks to the EPA immediately.  The sooner problems or potential problems are reported, the more effective the EPA follow up will be.
  • Please call the EPA Pollution Watch Hot Line on 1300 372 842 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Cats

  • Whitehorse Council introduced a cat curfew in October, 2010.  All cats must be confined between 8:00PM and 6:00AM.
  • Cats are not permitted into the Blackburn Creeklands at any time.

Dogs

  • Dogs are permitted into the Blackburn Creeklands but must be on a leash at all times.
  • This helps protect small developing plants, helps you to pick up their droppings more easily and also prevents wildlife being frightened away.

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Caution – Main Street between Furness and Kalang Parks

  • Please watch out for animals crossing Main Street between the Furness and Kalang Parks.
  • Families of ducks frequently cross there and turtles have been noticed on the move – especially in spring.  They are likely to be females looking for new nesting areas.

Illegal Mulch/Waste Dumping in the Park

  • Illegal mulch/waste dumping in the park is becoming increasingly common.  Only vehicles operated by Whitehorse council, Melbourne Water and their respective contractors should ever be in the park.
  • Council and Melbourne Water vehicles are easily identifiable by their signage – council vehicles usually belong to its Parkswide Division.  Identifying legitimate contractor vehicles is more problematic.  If in doubt, note down the registration of the vehicle and telephone Parkswide on 9262 6213 to check whether legal mulch is expected to be being brought in.
  • If you suspect the dumping is illegal:
    • Call the Local Laws people on 9262 6588  to report.
    • If possible, take a photograph showing the vehicle in the park with identification visible.
  • On a smaller scale, park users and neighbours should never dump lawn clippings or other garden waste into the park.

Myrtle Rust Alert

  • Myrtle Rust is a devastating fungal plant disease which attacks trees of the Myrtaceae family including eucalypts, tea trees and bottle brushes – so has the potential to seriously damage the Creeklands.  One infestation has been discovered in Blackburn South – so vigilance is required.
  • The first signs of Myrtle Rust infection are tiny brown to grey raised spots, often with red-purple haloes.  Up to 14 days after infection, the spots produce masses of distinctive yellow or orange spores.
  • To report suspected myrtle rust, call the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) on 1800 084 881.
  • To avoid spreading the disease, please do not touch, move or collect samples of the suspect plant.