Saving our State animal and bird emblems

Melbourne Water has embarked on an exciting project to help restore natural water flows in Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve, to improve habitat for Victoria’s faunal emblems, the critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeater’s Possum.

28 March 2018
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1:18
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Melbourne Water is undertaking a unique and important project in Cockatoo Swamp in Yellingbo Nature Reserve.

The project will help improve the last remaining habitat for the critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeater's Possum.

These animals are found nowhere else in the world.

Historical man-made changes to waterways and the creation of a levee bank in the 1950s had changed the natural distruction of water in the area.

The changes caused native trees and plants to die. These trees and plants are vital habitat for the Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeater's Possum.

Our project works to remove parts of the historical levee will help return the swampy area to more natural conditions.

This is crucial to stop the trees and plants from dying and allowing them to recover.