• Date: 20/02/2018
  • Cemetery: Fawkner Memorial Park

 

Flora and fauna at Fawkner Memorial Park – including some endangered species – will benefit from environmental works to rejuvenate Campbellfield Creek.

Works to rehabilitate the area around the creek began in May 2017, south of Box Forest Road at Fawkner Memorial Park.  GMCT’s horticulture staff planted 20 trees, 190 shrubs and 1300 grasses, laid protective matting and installed 400 mesh guards and 1200 stakes to protect trees and shrubs from rabbits.

The works will improve the health of the creek environment, beautifying the area for our visitors, fostering biodiversity and creating a better habitat for wildlife, including native birds.   

The rehabilitation was completed as part of a partnership between GMCT and Melbourne Water.  Melbourne Water provided funding for the project via its Stream Frontage Management Program, which included the purchase of over 2000 indigenous seedlings.

Replacing non-native vegetation with indigenous plants will help GMCT improve the health of the creek system, which will also improve sustainability of the area by reducing ongoing maintenance costs. The invasive, non-native trees removed as part of the works were chipped on-site and were  used as mulch to support the growth of new native species.

Fawkner’s flora and fauna

Campbellfield Creek and Merlynston Creek both flow through Fawkner Memorial Park, which provides an important habitat for a range of native flora and fauna species. The park includes hundreds of old native trees, including indigenous remnant trees (mostly river red gum) and Victorian eucalypts.

In 2017, GMCT undertook a flora and fauna audit of Fawkner Memorial Park.

As part of the audit, 132 fauna species were identified as having been observed at the site over the last 150 years. GMCT employees have observed 106 of these species in the past 10 years.

Some 13 of the identified fauna species are considered threatened and use the site for foraging. Among these are:

 Growling Grass Frog
Amphibian
Hardhead
Bird
Eastern Great Egret
Bird
Tussock Skink
Reptile

 

The audit, which included identification of significant or threatened flora and fauna species and the mapping of native vegetation, and terrestrial and aquatic habitats will inform future masterplanning for the site, enabling GMCT to manage significant flora and fauna and promote conservation and biodiversity.

Find out more

You can find out more about Melbourne Water’s Stream Frontage Management Program here.

For further enquiries, please contact GMCT on 1300 022 298 or email enquiries@gmct.com.au.