We’re improving the vegetation in Bungalook Creek to enhance biodiversity in the area.

As part of the first stage of the ‘Enhancing Our Dandenong Creek’ program , we heard that the community wanted to see improvements to vegetation along Dandenong Creek and its tributaries.

We’ve used that feedback to design a project that will enhance biodiversity values by re-establishing indigenous vegetation (plants that originated from and are suited to the local area) along Bungalook Creek near the confluence of Dandenong Creek in Heathmont.

These works complement the ‘daylighting’ project, where a previously piped section of Dandenong Creek was transformed into the more naturalised waterway that you see today.

What we’re doing

We’ll be removing large woody weeds along both sides of the creek including Box Elder, Desert Ash, Sweet Pittosporum, Blackberry and other exotic weeds.

These weeds will be replaced with 10,000 indigenous plants, including 1,500 Mountain Swamp-gum and Blackwood trees, and a variety of shrubs and grasses. This will create a much healthier waterway, making it easier for our native plants, animals and insects to thrive.

Timing

To reduce impacts to birds, fish and other animals that call Bungalook Creek home – and to minimise disturbance to park users – major works will be delivered in a gradual and staged approach over a three-year period.

Started
 

Stage 1: Mid 2022 - mid 2023

  • General control of target weed species
  • Removal of 30 large woody weeds
  • Planting of 5,000 indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses
Not Started
 

Stage 2: Mid 2024 – mid 2025

  • General control of target weed species
  • Removal of 20 large woody weeds
  • Planting of 5,000 indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses

We’ll be actively controlling emerging weeds and maintaining new plantings throughout the project and long after its completion.

Location

Works will be completed along Bungalook Creek between the Belgrave/Lilydale railway line and the confluence of Dandenong Creek.

Map of project site, showing work area and access points at Heathmont, Marlborough and Armstrong roads.
Map of project area: click to enlarge or download project map below.

What to expect

  • Vehicles will enter the works zone from Armstrong and Marlborough Roads.
  • You may notice some noise from large machinery and equipment when the large woody weeds are being removed.
  • To ensure public safety while the works are underway, fencing will be installed around the work zones.

Melbourne Water thanks the community for your patience and understanding while we undertake these works.

Last updated:
29 July 2022