Since our formation in 1999, we have taken on all manner of projects in the Park. It started with an ambitious plan to gradually remove non-locally indigenous, weedy and invasive plants and revegetate the Park.
Over time parcels of land were added to the Park and we took on major earthmoving and shaping works, forming wetlands, removing rubbish, covering piles of timber, putting in steps, paths and other infrastructure – all funded by grants, sponsorships and a huge and ongoing effort by volunteers. Drop down under Projects for more detail on current work and below is a chronology of our major projects.
2001-2: Frog habitat created with Port Phillip Ecocentre
2002-3: First heath created on northern boundary at Todd Rd
2002-11: Two largest islands in the Freshwater Lake planted
2003: River Hill planted
2004-5: Land at north incorporated. Tonnes of waste timber covered, road constructed, redgum embankment, compound, chain of ponds and large lagoon created.
2005: Todd Road Embankment planted in preparation for Commonwealth Games pistol shooting in venue opposite
2007-8: Lookout Hill planted
2007-9: Carpark grasslands created
2008-9: Edge of oval planted
2008-10: Coast Banksia woodland planted on River section
2009-11: Gully beside disused Webb Railway line planted
2011-3: Horseshoe Lake Peninsula planted
2009-10: Area east of toilet block planted
2010: Windmill Soak. A shallow, open wetland with a sandy edge and dense sedge cover suiting frogs and some birds.
2013: Gahnia Flat. Weedy buloke cleared, root barrier installed and planted with Gahnia for clear lake views.
2014-16: Howe Pde Extension reserve on southern boundary incorporated. Vehicle road constructed and narrow drainage channel splayed with earthmover to create the eastern section of the Southern Wetlands – a series of connected ponds. Thick weeds cleared and revegetation well underway. Boardwalk, bird hide and shared path connected directly from Todd Rd to the River planned, as is the western section.
2015-16: 1.4ha Port land opened up for park use in exchange for land used for Port development on Todd Rd. Earthmoving for mounds and paths done and garden beds, revegetation, seating and drinking fountain in progress.
2015-17: Salt lake edge reconstructed for salt marsh revegetation. Fill imported and used to create more suitable conditions for salt tolerant plants and a new path proposed around southern edge.
2016: Planning is underway for a new entrance, toilets and children’s playgrounds at the end of Wharf Road. There, a long triangle of land (on the other side of the old railway line) that belonged to the Port of Melbourne and has now been incorporated into the Park.