Community pitch in for Blind Creek planting day
Member for Ferntree Gully, Nick Wakeling, and the Friends of Blind Creek Billabong were joined by members of the community to plant native trees on National Wattle Tree Day to continue the rehabilitation of Blind Creek in Knox.
The planting day, held on Sunday 31 August and supported by Melbourne Water and Knox City Council, was part of a $50,000 grant the group received after Mr Wakeling recognised the need to support improvement works at the local waterway.
It aimed to continue the reintroduction of indigenous vegetation along the north side of Blind Creek (near the end of Springfield Road) to improve amenity for the community as well as habitat for local birds and frogs.
Mr Wakeling said Blind Creek was a popular area for local residents, with the paths alongside it often busy with walkers, joggers and cyclists.
“Blind Creek is a much loved community asset in Knox,” said Mr Wakeling.
“Urban rivers and creeks face an ongoing challenge from the activities around them, which is why the hard work of community groups like the Friends of Blind Creek Billabong makes such a difference.
“Community planting days are a great way to get your friends, family and neighbours together to help our local environment and make Knox an even better place to live.”
Fay Rimmer from the Friends of Blind Creek Billabong, said the planting day was a great success, with the group planting more local indigenous species along the creek.
“Indigenous vegetation is important for supporting healthy habitats for indigenous animals, so we planted a mix of trees, shrubs, grasses and ground covers,” said Ms Rimmer.
“By planting along the shared path and creek, we not only recreate a more natural environment for plants and animals, but a nicer place to visit for the people who use the creek for enjoyment and recreation.”
The planting day was funded through Knox City Council’s Biodiversity Department and Melbourne Water’s Community Grants program, which supports local environmental groups to improve the health and amenity of local waterways.
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