Growing Dandenong Biodiversity

Protecting biodiversity and enhancing Dandenong life

Growing Biodiversity is Greater Dandenong Council’s Parks Department’s umbrella environmental education, engagement, and conservation program.

Biodiversity protects and enhances life. It includes all forms of life – the number and variety of plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms, and their habitats and ecosystems. Biodiversity enhances resilience and in turn ensures our environments can adapt and thrive despite growing pressures like climate change.

The City of Greater Dandenong is committed to working with the community to protect biodiversity and build a resilient future for our City. Biodiversity actions are expected to focus on our local native flora and fauna however biodiversity actions can also be achieved in other areas like private and public gardens, through street tree planting and within our network of parks and gardens, including those set aside as bushland reserves.

  • Some of the Growing Biodiversity programs include:
  • Learn about Nature programs
  • Environmental education programs with local schools such as the Habitat and Hollows program and the new Native fish program)
  • Growing our Future
  • A series of location-based projects focusing on increasing habitat for a range of special animals in our municipality and beyond
  • Community Planting Day and Community Science programs
  • Including Biodiversity Blitz 2021 – Melbourne
  • Lower Dandenong Creek Biodiversity Connection Project.
  • Community volunteering and engagement, weed control, revegetation, and pest animal control in collaboration with Parks Victoria, Knox and Casey Councils.
  • Environmental interpretative signage in conservation areas
  • Conservation reserve management plan creation and implementation
  • Gardens for Wildlife Greater Dandenong program
  • Conservation Programs.


Themes and Local Areas

Primary Theme:Native vegetation
Other Themes:Waterways, Wetlands, Native Animals, Land Use, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Coasts, Estuaries, Marine Environments, Communities, Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians, Climate Change
Primary Local Area:Urban Melbourne
Other Local Areas:Casey, Cardinia & Baw Baw, Port Phillip Bay
Project location:Bunurong Country and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country, specifically City of Greater Dandenong Local Government Area with focus on conservation reserves, the Lower Dandenong Creek, Yarraman Creek and Mile Creek corridors
Scale of the project:Landscape
New or continuing work:Continuing/building on previous work

Project partners

Lead organisation:City of Greater Dandenong
Key partners:All residents, business, schools of Greater Dandenong Local Government Area. All neighbouring councils and land managers. Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation. Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, Dandenong and Districts Aborigines Cooperative
Registered Aboriginal Party/s relevant to the project or its area:Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation

Investment opportunities

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

Contribution toward targets

Primary Regional Catchment Strategy target:Revegetation – contributing to at least 33,000 hectares of revegetation being established in the region between 2017 and 2050 (average of at least 1,000 hectares per year)

Community volunteering – for biodiversity and natural resource management

Community participation – People participate annually in natural resource management events and activities conducted by relevant agencies, Councils and community groups across the region.
Relevant Biodiversity 2037 goal:Support people to take action for nature
Relevant National Landcare Program priority:

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