Sydenham Park

Restoration of a 231 hectare nature conservation reserve

Sydenham Park neighbours Organ Pipes National Park in Keilor North just 20 minutes from the Melbourne CBD. The Park includes the dramatic landscape of the deeply incised valleys and the confluence of three major waterways; Deep and Jacksons Creek and the Maribyrnong River. This junction of waters support important environmental, cultural and heritage values and provides connectivity through the landscape.

Building on 20 years of extensive pest plant and animal control the park is prepared for large scale restoration to increase habitat for resident species including kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and echidnas.

The 2021 Park Restoration Plan provides a guide to understanding the past land use disturbances and navigates a path forward through restoration of the original vegetation and natural fauna habitat. The Plan provides strategic site specific goals, targets and priorities for on-ground action including weed control, revegetation and habitat enhancements works.

Funding would be invested in trials that will be monitored and evaluated prior to being scaled up across the landscape. On the Plains a site-specific method to establish key grassland species including kangaroo grass, and on the Escarpments a genetic rescue program will be developed for the White Cypress Pine and Melbourne Yellow-gum.

As works are implemented, the park will make a substantial improvement to extent and quality of indigenous vegetation, provide critical fauna habitat and build on the Jackson Creek and Maribyrnong River biolink.

Restoration works led by Brimbank City Council will be implemented in partnership with Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria and the DEWLP funded Maribyrnong Valley Connection Project working group.

Themes and Local Areas

Primary Theme:Native vegetation
Other Themes:Waterways, Native animals, Soil Health, Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians, Communities, Climate Change
Primary Local Area:Urban Melbourne
Other Local Areas:Macedon Ranges, Hume, Mitchell & Whittlesea
Project location:Sydenham Park, Keilor North
Scale of the project:Local
New or continuing work:Building on previous work

Project partners

Lead organisation:Brimbank City Council
Key partners:Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria – Organ Pipes National Park, Maribyrnong Valley Connection Project – DELWP Peri Urban Weed Control Program
Registered Aboriginal Party/s relevant to the project or its area: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 and contribution to its achievement:Target 5.4 – Major New Biolinks – Significant, sustained revegetation programs have been undertaken from 2021 to 2050 and have created numerous major biolinks in priority locations across the region
Relevant Biodiversity 2037 goal:Revegetate priority areas for connectivity between habitats
Relevant National Landcare Program priority:Ecological communities – Grassy Eucalypt Woodland and/or Natural Temperate Grassland of the Victorian Volcanic Plain – Condition improved

More information

Brimbank City Council Website – www.brimbank.vic.gov.au – 2020 Sydenham Park Master Plan