Dunns Creek Rehabilitation

Weed management, bush regeneration and community education for Dunns Creek

The Dunns Creek Rehabilitaion project seeks to restore the creek, bank and riparian buffer of a small but significant section of beautiful Dunns Creek in the Dunns Creek catchment. The Dunns Creek Rehabilitation area is situated on Crown land and will further extend the existing Dunns Creek biolink, which connects Kangerong Nature Conservation Reserve to Bald Hill Nature Conservation Reserve.

The area consists of significant patches of Grassy Woodland (E), Swampy Woodland (E) and Lowland Forest (V), however is heavily infested with habitat changing environmental weeds. Through the development and implementation of the Dunns Creek Rehabilitation Project (Vegetation) Management Plan, environmental weeds will be systematically controlled to improve vegetation quality and extent. Restoration works by suitably qualified bushland regeneration specialists will be complemented by community led working bees.

Where appropriate, a walking path will be created. A community education campaign including the installation of interpretive signage to highlight the creek’s high conservation values will follow restoration works to foster a sense of local pride to ensure the area is treasured and cared for in generations to come.

Themes and Local Areas

Primary Theme:Waterways
Other Themes:Native Vegetation, Native Animals, Communities, Climate Change
Primary Local Area:Mornington Peninsula
Other Local Areas:
Project location:Dunns Creek Road, Red Hill
Scale of the project:One place
New or continuing work:New project/work

Project partners

Lead organisation:Merricks Coolart Catchment Landcare Group
Key partners:Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network, Balnarring Pre-school, Balnarring Primary School, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Melbourne Water, DELWP, Balnarring Foreshore Reserve Committee, Parks Victoria (including Friends of Coolart), Somers School Camp, Lord Somers Camp, private landholders and local businesses.
Registered Aboriginal Party/s relevant to the project or its area:Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation

Investment opportunities

Opportunities for investors within this project start from:$ (Thousands of dollars)
Estimated scale of investment for full project implementation:$$ (Tens of thousands of dollars)
Estimated timeframe for full project implementation:2-10 years

Contribution toward targets

Primary Regional Catchment Strategy targets and contribution to its achievement:Waterways – Vegetation extent along waterways, Vegetation quality along waterways, along 2km of priority reach waterways

Native vegetation – Revegetation, 43.4 hectare contribution to overall RCS revegetation target

Native animals – Diversity of native animals

Communities – Community Volunteering, Community Participation, propogating and growing local provenance Indigenous trees and shrubs, numerous community planting days

Climate Change – contributions to carbon sequestration
Relevant Biodiversity 2037 goal:Undertake weed or pest herbivore control to maintain and enhance vegetation quality in priority areas
Relevant National Landcare Program priority:Ramsar – Western Port Ramsar site – Ecological character maintained or improved

More information

Merricks Coolart Catchment Landcare Group Email: mcclandcaregroup@gmail.com