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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

2019 - Valley Reserve Work Parties -

The Friends of Scotchmans Creek and Valley Reserve holds regular work parties in the Valley Reserve, Mt. Waverley, throughout the year.

The dates are usually the last Saturday of every month and the time is 1:20-3:30 pm. The meeting place is the area behind the amenities block. Entry to the Reserve is via Waimarie Drive or Wills Avenue, Mt. Waverley - Melways Reference 70G2. Please be at the meeting place at 1:20pm. If you are late, there will be a map on the door showing where we are working that day.

The work includes planting, weeding, maintenance and revegetation. After we have finished working we get together for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat.

For 2019 the work party dates are:
23 February
30 March
27 April
25 May
29 June
20 July
31 August
28 September
26 October
30 November

If you enjoy gardening perhaps you would like to join us. We are always pleased to see new faces. For further information you could contact Sally Walker on 0477 006 774 or Monash Council on 03 9518 3723.
Work parties are not held on days of 30 deg. or more, or on days of total fire ban.
Sunday, 3 March, 2019 - Clean Up Australia Day -

Come and help the Friends clean up Scotchmans Creek on Clean Up Australia Day.
Register with us at the Regent Street Playground (Melways 70:G3) on Sunday 3rd March. We will be there from 9:30am to 12 noon.

Just wear old clothes and sturdy shoes. Don't forget your sunhat and sun screen if it is a sunny day. A limited supply of gloves will be available.

Please bring your own bottle of water to drink - preferably a refilled bottle. Empty plastic drink bottles are one of our biggest problems in the creek.

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

Saturday 1 December 2018 - Annual BBQ in Valley Reserve -

In January 2018 we were unable to hold our annual barbecue due to a forecast temperature of 39 degrees.

But in December the weather was milder and we had a very sucessful barbecue with a great turnout of members. Helen and John Clements from the Friends of Damper Creek Reserve came and we were also delighted to welcome our new mayor and Cr Rebecca Paterson.

The reserve was quieter than round the time of Australia Day and so more peaceful for our members.

Friday 19th October, 2018 - PALS Seniors Festival - Valley Reserve in Flower -

More than 40 seniors joined the volunteers from the Friends of Scotchmans Creek and Valley Reserve as they gave a guided bushwalk around the reserve while showing off the many flowering plants and talking about the animals and birds that live in the Reserve.
After the walk there was a lucky dip with prizes of Brachscome Daisies for three lucky participants.

The City of Monash provided a light lunch which rounded off a very pleasant, warm and sunny morning .
Wednesday 17th October 2018 - Annual General Meeting and Guest Speaker -

Guest Speaker - Dr Joab Wilson, from Holmesglen Tafe - Birds in Cities -

Joab gave us a very interesting presentation on birds in cities and how cities provide places both of opportunity and of displacement.

He showed us how different bird species can find places to live and thrive. He also showed us how we can help to provide suitable places for many of the smaller species that struggle without suitable dense habitat.

Annual General Meeting -

The normal business of the 20th Annual General Meeting was then conducted. This covered the President’s, Waterwatch, State of the River and Treasurer’s reports and the election of the Committee.

The President, Tony Walker, started by reminding us that 2018 was the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of Scotchmans Creek. The combined group was started in 2001. 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. The Waterwatch coordinator, Fred Bullock, reviewed the team’s work for the year making some observations about the health of Scotchmans Creek. Carlie Dann our River Officer gave her first report of the state of Scotchmans Creek from Waverley Road to Stanley Avenue. Finally Fred Bullock presented the Treasurer’s Report which was accepted.

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

Wednesday, 15th August 2018 - Guest Speaker - James Paterson - Floods and Drains -

James led an interesting discussion on the changes in drainage systems over the years and the issues involved in upgrading an aging infrastructure. He also noted the changes in vegetation cover from 1972 to the present time with increased tree cover in the cities parks and reserves and the decrease in the residential areas. These changes were shown by comparing large maps of the city with vegetation cover displayed.


Sunday, 29 July 2018 - National Tree Day Planting -

After overnight rain and an early shower the weather was fine and the sky mostly blue - ideal planting weather.
Almost 160 volunteers came to plant over 8,000 plants in the Scotchmans Creek corridor on National Tree Day. As last year, among the volunteers were about 25 members of the Chinese Professionals Club of Australia. There was also a group of Srilankan volunteers as well - a great representation of the Monash community. All 8,000 plants were in the ground by 1 pm.
Thank you to everyone who came to help make this a very successfull morning of planting.

The Scouts provided a great sausage sizzle. Our thanks go to all the bush crew from Monash who laid out the plants and helped everyone with the planting.

We also thank Melbourne Water and their Community Grants Program for providing the funding for the plants and their support grant for the funding to cover the costs of the BBQ.

Some of the 45 different species planted were:

Brachyscome multifida - Cut Leaf Daisy
Bulbine bulbosa - Bulbine Lily
Chrysocephalum semipapposum - Clsutered Everlasting
Correa reflexa var reflexa - Common Correa
Einadia nutans ssp.nutans - Climbing Saltbush
Goodenia ovata - Hop Goodenia
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 sieberiana - Tussock Grass
Rytidosperma (mixed species) - Wallaby Grass
Themeda triandra - Kangaroo Grass
Wahlenbergia stricta - Tall Bluebell
Acacia paradoxa - Hedge Wattle
Bursaria spinosa var spinosa - Sweet Bursaria
Arthropodium strictum - Chocolate Lily
Carex appressa - Tall Sedge


Tuesday, 17 July 2018 - Planting Day next to Regent Street -

We were delighted that Holmesglen Tafe were able to send an entire class of 11 students along to help planting in the land next to Regent Street where the willows were removed in early 2017.

We had 2,000 plants to help rehabilitate this area. We have purchased these plants with Melbourne Water grant funds. They were all put in the ground in very good time. The shower of rain in the afternoon has helped to water them in.

Some of the species planted were:

Acaena Novae-zealandiae - Bidgee-widgee
Dianella leavis var laevis - Pale Flax-lily
Dichondra repens - Kidney Weed
Eucalyptus cephalocarpa - Silver-leaved Stringybark
Eucalyptus radiata - Narrow-leaf Peppermint
Gonocarpus tetragynus - Common Raspwort
Hakea nodosa - Yellow Hakea
Leptospermum lanigerum (scotch ck) - Woolly Tea-tree
Lomandra longifolia var longifolia - Spiny-headed Mat-rush
Melicytus dentatus - Tree Violet
Microlaena stipoides - Weeping Grass
Myrsine howittiana - Muttonwood
Poa morrisii - Velvet tussock-grass
Pomaderris aspera - Hazel Pomaderris
Pomaderris racemosa - Slender Pomaderris
Stylidium armeria - Grass Trigger Plant
Carex appressa - Tall Sedge
Carex inversa - Knob Sedge

A great range of plants for this area. The plants that we planted last year have grown very well. This year's plants will thicken up that area. We must thank the Monash bushland crew for all the preparation and the hard work in supervising such an eager group of students.


Thursday, 12 July 2018 - Planting at Crosby Drive with Novotel -

The conservation group from the Novotel Hotel in Glen Waverley supported us again this year. Twentytwo 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 picnic lunch.

Our thanks go to Novotel for their continued support with our planting program. This was our first planting for 2018 with plants purchased with our Melbourne Water grant funds.

Some of the species planted were:

Brachyscome multifida - Cut Leaf Daisy
Cassinia longifolia - Shiny Cassinia
Dichondra Repens - Kidney-weed
Goodenia ovata - Hop Goodenia
Gynatrix pulchella - Hemp Bush
Hakea decurrens ssp physocarpa - Bushy Needlewood
Hakea nodosa - Yellow Hakea
Melicytus dentatus - Tree Violet
Microlaena stipoides - Weeping Grass
Myrsine howittiana - Muttonwood
Poa ensigormis - 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
Dianella admixta - Black-anther Flax Lily
Dianella leavis var. leavis - Pale Flax Lily
Lomandra filiformis - Wattle Mat-rush
Carex appressa - Tall Sedge
Carex inversa - Knob Sedge
Gahnia radula - Thatch Saw-sedge
Gahnia sieberiana - Red-fruited Saw-sedge

An excellent range of 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.

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


Sunday, 17 June & Saturday, 30 June 2018 - Planting Days 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 the rain the day before and the fact that it was raining in the morning, eight dedicated members of our group turned up to plant. Andy from the bush crew had laid out about 500 plants which we put into the ground in just over an hour. The recent rains had softened the soil which made digging holes much easier.

As we had purchased 800 plants we planted the remainder at our work party session on Saturday 30th June. Again we had rain in the morning but it had cleared up before the afternoon's session.

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, 16 May 2018 - Guest Speaker - Dasarath Jayasuriya - Floods and Droughts -

Dasarath is employed at the Bureau of Meteorology and gave us an excellent presentation on how climate change and variability affect the availability of water. This in turn impacts on ecological sustainability.
We were shown how the compounding effect of hot and dry conditions on land can produce higher temperatures in the surrounding sea water which results in increased moisture in the air and more significant rain events on land.
We were also shown many graphs showing how temperatures have been changing over time. I am sure that this presentation has given us much food for thought.


Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - Guest Speaker - Fungi in Valley Reserve - Peter Uhlherr -

Peter has been photographing the fungi in Valley Reserve for many years. He gave us a very informative presentation explaining the different types of fungi he has found. By comparing photos of different species he showed us the various colours and textures they have.
We were very pleased with the excellent attendance at the meeting.

Monday, 19 March 2018 - PALS event - Exploring Scotchmans Creek and the Mount Waverley Wetlands -

The Friends group hosted a 5 km walk through Valley Reserve and through the Mount Waverley Wetlands for our senior citizens. The seven attendees enjoyed the fine weather and the friendly chat as the Friends answered questions as we walked along.

Sunday, 4 March, 2018 - Clean Up Australia Day -

We had a fine, cool day for Clean Up Australia and our efforts to remove litter from the Scotchmans Creek Reserve. 12 volunteers gave us a hand and we collected 14 bags of rubbish.
The small foot bridge over the creek near Regent Street was unavailable as it has been removed prior to replacement. This made trekking back from the wetlands rather longer and more tiring.
We found the usual take away food wrappers, a small number of drink containers and lots of bits of plastic. including several drink straws. We also found over a dozen tennis balls and a small cache of wine bottles - empty ones.

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.
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For further information about any of these events, please contact Tony Walker, Alan Moore or any member of the committee


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