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Our Regular Activities

Valley Reserve
You could help us in our efforts to make the beautiful Valley Reserve even better. We’d love to see you at one of our work party sessions. These sessions are mostly held on the last Saturday of each month except December and January. The entry to the reserve is from Waimarie Drive/Wills Avenue (Melways reference: 70:G2). We meet at the amenities block at 1:20 pm for a two-hour session.

The quality of the water and the type and number of ‘bugs’ living in the creek are important indicators of the health of Scotchmans Creek. We have a specially trained Waterwatch team which does monthly testing at a number of sites so we have long-term health measurements. If you are a student studying waterway health issues or just have an interest in water ‘bugs’ or chemistry, joining our team can provide valuable field experience.

Meetings with a Guest Speaker
We invite expert speakers to make a presentation about various environmental subjects at our Guest Speaker meetings. There are always new issues and things to learn, so you can keep yourself informed by coming along. We meet at Alvie Hall on the corner of High Street Road and Alvie Road, Mount Waverley (Melways reference: 61:D11). The meetings start at 7:30 pm.

School Activities
We can play host to your school students. Contact us to arrange a visit from our group to your school or to arrange an excursion. We can talk about Scotchmans Creek and Valley Reserve and the role that pupils can play in maintaining these wonderful areas. We can also explain about the storm water drainage system and how rubbish and pollution affect the environment. Or we can arrange a mini-Waterwatch session where your students can investigate the small creatures that live in the creek and learn about water chemistry.

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Upcoming Events

2020 - Valley Reserve Work Parties -

Due to the COVID-19 corona virus all Valley Reserve Work Parties have been cancelled until further notice.
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Past Events and News

Wednesday, 18th March 2020 - Guest Speaker - Stephanie Bubnich from City of Monash -

Due to ill-health Stephanie was unable to give her presentation and the meeting was cancelled.

We hope that Stephanie will be able to speak to us later this year.

Sunday, 1 March, 2020 - Clean Up Australia Day -

This year we had a mild day for Clean Up Australia and our efforts to remove litter from the Scotchmans Creek Reserve. 25 volunteers gave us a hand and we collected 11 bags of rubbish. 6 of these bags were collected upstream of Blackburn Road.

Our most disappointing finds were bags of dog droppings. Some dog owners do not understand that after picking up after your dog the bag should be deposited in a rubbish bin and not thrown into the nearby vegetation. This was followed by the huge number of very small expanded polystyrene balls which have come from the break-down of old expanded polystyrene packaging. These are almost impossible to collect and will float down to Port Philip Bay.

We found the usual take away food wrappers, a small number of drink containers and lots of bits of plastic including some drink straws. We also found several tennis balls and empty single serve sauce containers.

Getting rid of the rubbish that finds its way into the Scotchmans Creek reserves is a great way to make them better for everyone.

Have a look at the photogallery to see the bags of rubbish and some of the volunteers.
A big thank you to all the volunteers who came along to help us Clean up Australia.
Saturday 7 December 2019 - Annual BBQ in Valley Reserve -

We held our first December barbecue in December 2018 and it proved to be a sucessful time of year.

This year we were almost a week later and the Reserve was more crowded but the weather was pleasant and we were able to find a spot to accommodate us all.

We were pleased that our newly elected Mayor, Stuart James, attended with his family and our local member, Matt Fregon, came along as well. A happy time was had by all our members who joined us.

Wednesday 16th October 2019 - Annual General Meeting and Guest Speaker -

Guest Speaker - Mick Brasher - Unusual Flora and Fauna of Australia -

Mick gave us a great presentation showing many of the wonderful flowers and birds in Australia.

21st Annual General Meeting -

The normal business of the 21st Annual General Meeting was then conducted. This covered the President’s, Waterwatch, River Officer and Treasurer’s reports and the election of the Committee for 2019-2020.

The President, Tony Walker, started by reminding us of the existing committee members and the various areas that they cover. He summarised the group’s achievements for the year which included the regular Valley Reserve work party, planting projects, community events and events with local schools and universities. The Waterwatch coordinator, Fred Bullock, reviewed the team’s work for the year making some observations about the health of Scotchmans Creek. Rex Dusting our River Officer gave his first report of the state of Scotchmans Creek from Waverley Road to Stanley Avenue. Finally Sally Walker presented the Treasurer’s Report which was accepted.

The election of the Committee resulted in the following:
President:Kallista Sears
Vice President:Tony Walker
Secretary:Alan Moore
Treasurer:Fred Bullock
Ordinary Committee:Rex Dusting
Ordinary Committee:Kelvin Ferguson
Ordinary Committee:Sally Walker

Wednesday, 21st August 2019 - Guest Speaker - Hu Stephens - Re-vegetating the Mount Waverley Wetlands -

We are working on a plan with Melbourne Water to re-vegetate the wetlands. Hu gave us an interesting overview of the history of the wetlands, what has been done and looked forward to what can be done in the future.

He explained the issues with wetlands in general and our wetlands in particular.

There was much information to take away and digest.

Sunday, 28 July 2019 - National Tree Day Planting -

The day started cloudy but soon we had a blue sky as 244 volunteers came along to help us plant 8,000 plants in the Scotchmans Creek corridor on National Tree Day.

This year we planted on the south side of the creek, so entry into Fairway Reserve was from Forster Road near Wilga Street. Our volunteers had a pleasant walk along the gravel track to reach our planting site just beyond the Stephensons Road overpass. All 8,000 plants were in the ground by 11:30 am.
Thank you to everyone who came to help make this a very successfull morning of planting.

We had great support from the local scouts and other groups such as SEWA International, the Dharmasoka College Past Students Association Australia, the SriMithuru group and the Chinese Professionals Club Australia - CPCA. The local community turned out in force as well. Our thanks go to all of these willing volunteers.

The Scouts cooked their usual great sausage sizzle. This time by the banks of the creek.

Melbourne Water and their Community Grants Program provided the funding for the plants and assisted with the cost of the refreshments. The City of Monash Bushland & Wetland Maintenance crew laid out the plants and this year also created most of the holes. They were also willing to help new planters.

Here is the list of the 45 different species planted:

Acaena novae-zealandiae - Bidgee-widgee
Arthropodium strictum - Chocolate Lily
Austrostipa mollis - Soft Spear-grass
Billardiera mutabilis - Common Apple-berry
Brachyscome multifida var.multifida - Cut Leaf Daisy
Bulbine bulbosa - Bulbine Lily
Clematis aristata - Austral Clematis
Clematis microphylla var.microphylla - Small-leaved Clematis
Correa reflexa var. reflexa - Common Correa
Dianella admixta - Spreading Flax-lily
Dianella laevis var. laevis - Pale Flax-lily
Gahnia sieberiana - Red-fruited Saw-sedge
Goodenia ovata - Hop Goodenia
Hibbertia riparia - Erect Guinea-flower
Indigofera australis - Austral Indigo
Leptorhynchos tenuifolius - Wiry Buttons
Lomandra longifolia var.longifolia - Spiny-headed Mat-rush
Microlaena stipoides - Weeping Grass
Poa ensiformis - Purple-sheath Tussock Grass
Poa labillardierei - Common Tussock-grass
Poa sieberiana Var.sieberiana - Tussock Grass
Pultenaea gunnii ssp.gunnii - Golden Bush-pea
Rytidosperma Mixed - Wallaby Grass
Wahlenbergia communis - Tufted Bluebell
Acacia leprosa - Dandenong Ranges Cinnamon Wattle
Acacia paradoxa - Hedge Wattle
Acacia strictophylla
Acacia verticillata var verticillata - Prickly Moses
Banksia marginata - Silver Banksia
Bursaria spinosa var.spinosa - Sweet Bursaria
Cassinia aculeata - Common Cassinia
Cassinia arcuata - Drooping Cassinia
Coprosma quadrifida - Prickly Currant-bush
Dillwynia cinerascens - Grey Parrot-pea
Gynatrix pulchella - Hemp Bush
Hakea decurrens ssp. physocarpa - Bushy Needlewood
Hakea nodosa - Yellow Hakea
Hakea ulicina - Furze Hakea
Kunzea leptospermoides - Yarra Burgan
Leptospermum continentale (heath) - Prickly Tea-tree
Leptospermum lanigerum (scotch ck) - Woolly Tea-tree
Leptospermum myrsinoides - Heath Tea-tree
Melicytus dentatus - Tree Violet
Pomaderris aspera - Hazel Pomaderris
Carex appressa - Tall Sedge

This is a good mix of wildflowers, grasses and middle storey shrubs. Not only will biodiversity be enhanced, but the way the planting has been structured will make maintenance a lot easier to cope with.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 - Planting Day next to Regent Street -

This year we were able to welcome back some of our friends from United Energy who now work for AGIG.
We had 2,000 plants to plant on the west side of the creek nearest to Regent Street.
The Monash bush crew had removed much of the grassed area to provide a clear place for us to plant in.
We have purchased these plants with Melbourne Water grant funds. They were all put in the ground in very good time. The showers of rain later in the day has helped to water them in.

Some of the species planted were:

Acacia melanoxylon - Blackwood
Eucalyptus radiata - Narrow-leafed Peppermint
Dianella leavis var laevis - Pale Flax-lily
Dichondra repens - Kidney Weed
Ficinia nodosa - Knobby Club-sedge
Gahnia sieberiana - Red-fruited Saw-sedge
Gonocarpus tetragynus - Common Raspwort
Goodenia ovata - Hop Goodenia
Hakea nodosa - Yellow Hakea
Melicytus dentatus - Tree Violet
Microlaena stipoides - Weeping Grass
Myrsine howittiana - Muttonwood
Olearia lirata - Snowy Daisy-bush
Poa ensiformis - Purple-sheath Tussock-grass
Poa labillardierei - Common Tussock-grass
Poa morrisii - Velvet Tussock-grass
Pomaderris aspera - Hazel Pomaderris
Pomaderris racemosa - Slender Pomaderris
Prostanthera lasianthos var.lasianthos - Victorian Christmas Bush
Stylidium armeria - Grass Trigger Plant
Veronica gracilis - Slender Speedwell
Baumea rubiginosa - Soft Twig-sedge
Bolboschoenus caldwellii - Sea Club-sedge
Carex appressa - Tall Sedge
Carex inversa - Knob Sedge

A great range of plants for this area. The plants that we have planted over the last few years on the east bank have grown very well. This year's plants will start the transformation of the west bank of the creek.
We must thank the Monash bushland crew for all the preparation of this new area and the hard work in supervising the enthusiastic group of 15 employees of AGIG.

Have a look at the photogallery to see the happy planters and what the area looked like before and after the planting.


Thursday, 11 July 2019 - Planting at Crosby Drive with Novotel -

The conservation group from the Novotel Hotel in Glen Waverley supported us again this year. Fifteen of their staff joined us in planting 2000 tubestock on the south side of Scotchmans Creek east of Crosby Drive.
After a good morning's hard work, they rewarded themselves and us with a great BBQ.

Our thanks go to Novotel for their continued support with our planting program. This was our first planting for 2019 with plants purchased with our Melbourne Water grant funds.

Some of the species planted were:

Brachyscome multifida - Cut Leaf Daisy
Dianella admixta - Black-anther Flax Lily
Dianella leavis var. leavis - Pale Flax Lily
Cassinia longifolia - Shiny Cassinia
Dichondra Repens - Kidney-weed
Gahnia sieberiana - Red-fruited Saw-sedge
Gonocarpus tetragynus - Common Raspwort
Goodenia ovata - Hop Goodenia
Gynatrix pulchella - Hemp Bush
Hakea decurrens ssp physocarpa - Bushy Needlewood
Hakea nodosa - Yellow Hakea
Lomandra filiformis - Wattle Mat-rush
Melicytus dentatus - Tree Violet
Microlaena stipoides - Weeping Grass
Myrsine howittiana - Muttonwood
Poa ensiformis - Purple-sheath Tussock Grass
Poa Morrisii - Soft Tussock Grass
Pomaderris aspera - Hazel Pomaderris
Pomaderris racemosa - Sender Pomaderris
Stylidium armeria - Grass Trigger-plant
Wahlengerbia stricta - Tall Bluebell
Carex appressa - Tall Sedge
Carex inversa - Knob Sedge

A great range of understorey plants for the creek and we must thank the Monash bushland crew for all the preparation and the hard work in supervising such an eager group of workers.
The new plants will help to thicken up the planting in this area and help to supress the weeds.

Have a look at the photogallery for some photos from the planting.


Sunday, 16 June 2019 - Planting Day in Valley Reserve -

A Special Friends planting in Valley Reserve.
As we did last year, we have purchased some plants with Friends Group funds to add more flowering plants to the area to the west of the amenities block in Valley Reserve.
Despite a very dry autumn we have had rain in the last few weeks and the soil has become more moist.
We had a dry, sunny morning for our planting session and the eight Friends who came along were able to get the 800 plants into the ground in just over a couple of hours.

Here is a list of most of the plant species that were planted.

Acacia genistifolia - Spreading Wattle
Acaena ovina - Australian Sheep's Burr
Billardiera mutabilis - Common Apple-berry
Bossiaea cinerea - Showy Bossiaea
Brachyscome multifida - Cut-leaf Daisy
Chrysocephalum semipapposum - Clustered Everlasting
Coronidium scarpiodes - Button Everlasting
Correa reflexa var reflexa - Common Correa
Daviesia latifolia - Hop Bitter-pea
Dichondra repens - Kidney Weed
Glycine clandestina - Twining Glycine
Hakea decurrens ssp physocarpa - Bushy Needlewood
Hardenbergia violacea - Purple Coral Pea
Hibbertia riparia - Erect Guinea-flower
Indigofera australis - Austral Indigo
Kennedia prostrata - Running Postman
Leptorhynchos tenuifolius - Wiry Buttons
Pimelea humilis - Common Rice-flower
Pultenaea gunnii ssp gunnii - Golden Bush-pea
Veronica gracilis - Slender Speedwell
Viola hederacea - Native Violet
Wahlenbergia communis - Tufted Bluebell
Wahlenbergia gracilis - Sprawling Bluebell

Have a look at the photogallery for a photo from the planting.

Our thanks to everyone who came along to help.

Wednesday, 16th May 2019 - Guest Speaker - Tony Walker - Report on the State of the River - Scotchmans Creek -

Our president, Tony Walker, presented an illustrated talk on the current situation with Scotchmans Creek to a small but interested group of members.
He noted that while the creek has issues as has any suburban creek in general the creek is in a reasonable condition.
The full report is available on the publications page.

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For further information about any of these events, please contact Kallista Sears, Alan Moore or any member of the committee


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