Over 500 people enjoyed the return of the Discover Dandenong Creek Festival to celebrate the wildlife and wonders of the picturesque location.
Mayor Cr Jim Memeti says the festival was a great way for everyone to learn more about the natural marvels of Tirhatuan Park and Dandenong Creek.
“The Discover Dandenong Creek Festival provided visitors with a great opportunity to learn more about our local flora and fauna in this significant corridor and provided everyone with a chance to celebrate and recognise the cultural, community and habitat connections that the Dandenong Creek provides.
“Getting outside and connecting with nature is crucial to enhancing our health and wellbeing. There are so many beautiful green spaces to enjoy right in our backyard,” the Mayor said.
The Koori Youth Will Shake Spears Aboriginal Dance Group and Djirri Djirri Wurundjeri women's dance group both performed, with the Lions Club of Dandenong hosting a delicious barbeque.
Visitors enjoyed roving performances from the Connies and local parks and sustainability mascots Harry Habitat and Lily Litterbug.
A range of family-friendly activities were also on offer including the Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony and Yidaki performance by the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, a live animal show by Black Snake Productions, face painting, a Council plant giveaway, activities with Parks Victoria Rangers, water bugs with Greater Dandenong Environment Group and fishing with Native Fish Australia. Stall displays were hosted by OzFish, Living Links, Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria, Lower Dandenong Creek Peri-Urban Weed Management Partnership, Marine Mammal Foundation and Council’s Parks, Sustainability and Waste teams.
The event was delivered in partnership with Melbourne Water’s Living Links Committee who are celebrating 15 years of partnership enhancing the Dandenong Creek corridor and other green links across Melbourne's south-east.
Dandenong Creek starts in the Dandenong Ranges (Wurundjeri Country) and winds its way down through Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs, passing through Dandenong (Bunurong Country), flowing into the Patterson River and onto Port Phillip Bay. It is an important corridor, providing key habitat for many animals and plants.