Fotheringham Nature Reserve Billabong Redevelopment


Fotheringham Nature Reserve is approximately 16 hectares of public open space and potentially one of the City of Greater Dandenong’s most important recreational and environmentally significant areas.

The reserve contains one of the largest intact remnant River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) woodlands within the municipality, providing habitat for many native species of plants and animals, and acts as a passive recreation area for residents. Fotheringham Reserve contains a zone of Riparian Woodland, adjacent to the Yarraman Creek which contains billabongs.

The construction of Fotheringham boardwalk was delayed due to contractor availability and obtaining relevant approvals with external stakeholders, however boardwalk construction commenced at Fotheringham Nature Reserve in November 2023. Weather permitting, construction works will be completed by the end of December 2023.

Council has further collaborated with Melbourne Water through their incentives program, Liveable Communities, Liveable Waterways to deliver the revitalisation of one of the billabongs within Fotheringham Nature Reserve.