We’re working to improve the streamside vegetation and habitat for native plants and animals along a 2km stretch of the Little Yarra River in Yarra Junction and to compliment these works with a streamside recreational trail.

In 2017 Melbourne Water commenced a waterway restoration project in Gladysdale working downstream for approximately 7km to the Barrier Creek confluence in Yarra Junction. 

This new project aims to build on the existing work on the Little Yarra by continuing the next stage down to the Warburton to Lilydale Rail trail and adding recreational opportunities for people to enjoy the streamside reserve.

Why this is important

The Little Yarra River supports a diverse range of flora and fauna and is recognised as an important drought refuge for a number of species. The condition of the riparian vegetation along the Little Yarra River is highly variable with large degraded areas immediately adjacent to areas of near pristine condition.

This project will restore 2km of indigenous vegetation along the Little Yarra River by removing significant infestations of highly invasive weeds and replanting indigenous plants.

The project will contribute to the achievement of performance objectives within the Healthy Waterways Strategy for the Little Yarra and Hoddles Creek sub-catchment.

In addition to creating ecological benefits, the project will also establish a walking trail along the Little Yarra River to improve community access and connection to the little Yarra.

What’s happening and when

Revegetation

We will enhance the quality and extent of riparian vegetation along the Little Yarra River, by:

  • removing exotic vegetation
  • working in partnership with landowners and DELWP  to exclude domestic stock from the waterway 
  • installing targeted revegetation along a 2km stretch of the Little Yarra River.

Weeds to be removed as a part of this project include climbing and scrambling weeds (e.g. blackberry, honeysuckle and ivy), as well as woody weed species (e.g. willows, holly, elms and sycamore maples).

Local indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses will be planted to stabilise river banks and provide habitat for native animals. All revegetation will be carried out in accordance with ministerial directions provided for the Yellingbo Conservation Area.

Trail proposal and engagement

In order to improve amenity, community access and connection to the waterway we are keen to engage the local community, businesses and other stakeholders for their views on the proposed construction of a new walking trail to connect to existing trails.

We are working closely with the Yarra Ranges Council, Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning (DELWP), Parks Victoria, Department of Transport and other agency partners to deliver these works in the Yellingbo Conservation Area.

Timeline

Weed control and revegetation: November 2020 - December 2024

Trail construction: commencing 2022

What to expect

Like any project, there are impacts associated with the works. We are aiming to manage the following impacts as much as practicable:

  • Increased activity from crews
  • Machinery present on site causing increased noise. 

There will be no anticipated impacts on traffic.

More information

Detailed design plans and location map are available upon request. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Your feedback

If you are a local landholder, community member, business owner, trail user or visitor to Yarra Junction, we want to hear from you!

That way we can further develop options and prepare detailed designs based on your feedback. Visit Melbourne Water's Your Say page to find out more and have your say:

Your Say on Little Yarra Trail

You will be able to view the overall plans for the area as well as see the concept design for the proposed section of trail.

Jump on and take the short survey or join us for an online community session where you can ask questions and provide feedback on the proposed trail.

Contact us

If you have feedback or would like more information about this project, contact us.

Last updated:
18 November 2020