Dandenong Creek is an important waterway which twists and turns it way through Melbourne's urban landscape. It provides an important habitat link for fauna and flora, and offers a variety of passive recreational opportunities.
Starting in the Dandenong Ranges, the creek makes its way through the City of Greater Dandenong, joins the Patterson River, and flows into Port Phillip Bay. The Dandenong Creek Trail extends approximately 43kms, and provides the ideal way to explore the creek by foot or bicycle.
Council is working in partnerships with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Living Links to deliver a series of amenity, revegetation and habitat enhancement projects. These will encourage more people to visit Dandenong Creek and make this important landscape more appealing to fauna and flora.
Discover Dandenong Creek comprises of three key projects:
- Our Catchments, Our Communities – Revegetation
- Dandenong Creek Reserve Habitat Enhancement – Habitat and amenity improvements
- Peri Urban Weed Management Partnerships – Weed control
Family and friends are invited to join us in celebrating Dandenong Creek at its annual Discover Dandenong Creek Festival.
Our Catchment Our Communities
Funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), this four-year project focuses on creating habitat for fauna and flora, and improving amenity for recreational walkers and cyclists. Revegetation works include creating new garden beds and planting more plants into existing vegetated areas.
Community members have also helped - planting thousands of plants at planting days. For more information on next planting day events, visit Council's Events calendar.
Amenity works include creating an aesthetic avenue of trees along Dandenong Creek Trail, and installing some additional seating.
Dandenong Creek Reserve Habitat Enhancement
Works include planting approximately 50 juvenile trees in the adjacent horse paddock and 3000 seedlings throughout the reserve, the installation of 12 nesting boxes for native fauna including birds, possums and microbats, a new mulched path, interpretive signage and fencing.
Peri Urban Weed Management Partnerships
This project is funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Weed invasion poses a significant threat to the ecological balance of an area. Council is working with Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and Knox City Council to deliver the 'Lower Dandenong Creek Weed Management Project'. This involves removing weeds at 25 sites between 2016 and 2020. Staging the removal of weeds allows for natural regeneration and revegetation in the area.
You can help by removing weeds from your garden. Check out pages 58 to 61 of Council's 'Growing Biodiversity' booklet to get some ideas about alternative plants that would make great replacements.