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About the Friends of Scotchmans Creek and Valley Reserve

Our Friends group consists of local residents who volunteer to help maintain and enhance the reserves along Scotchmans Creek and Valley Reserve. We have been doing this since 1999, working in co-operation with the Monash City Council and Melbourne Water.

One of our main activities is our revegetation program which we undertake in co-operation with the Monash City Council Horticultural Section. We also help maintain and improve Valley Reserve by holding a regular Work Party once a month.

We take a close interest in the health of the creek through our Waterwatch activities. We have a trained team who regularly assess water quality by chemical testing, catching, identifying and counting the ‘bugs’ and other creatures living in the creek, and monitoring the riparian vegetation. Our members keep a close watch on pollution and erosion problems and report these to the relevant authority – Council, Melbourne Water or EPA.

At our meetings with a guest speaker during the year, we invite expert speakers to make a presentation about various environmental subjects.

At times we have taken up environmental issues with the Monash City Council and have been instrumental in achieving good outcomes for the Monash community through the preservation of public open space and enhancing pathway access through the reserves.

We believe we have a good understanding of the role of this small urban creek as part of the stormwater drainage system, a habitat for native animals, in providing areas of native vegetation and as a recreation facility. There are two constructed wetlands along Scotchmans Creek and we have quite detailed knowledge about their purpose, operation and problems.

Over recent years we have hosted a number of environmental excursions for classes of children from local schools. These have typically included activities focussing on water chemistry, water ‘bug’ examination, discussion of habitat, stormwater drainage and control, and litter/pollution issues.

If you would like to know any more about any of these activities or, even better, join with us in some of them, please contact us.

Our contact information is here.


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