Location – 641 Ballarat Road, Albion – Melways Map 26 C9
This project is mainly focused on improving creeks and rivers on public land with the site located on escarpment between Kororoit Creek and Ballarat Road, either side of the Jones Creek Culvert.
This section of Kororoit Creek is largely natural in form but is lacking in native vegetation. It was dominated by weeds, Desert Ash in particular, and didn’t provide a good impression of the Creek from busy Ballarat Road. Desert Ash is an deciduous exotic tree that has become a weed in many parts of Australia. It has been widely planted as a street and park tree in Brimbank, and has spread to native bushland and grasslands, as well as stream banks and drainage lines, completing with native plants for moisture, light and nutrients.
The main vegetation was weeds, particularly the above mentioned Desert Ash, which was suckering and spreading throughout the site. There was little biodiversity, habitat or food sources for native flora and fauna. In short, the site was ugly and ecologically impoverished.
The dense weed vegetation such as kikuyu grass and Desert Ash tickets were concealing a lot of dumped and windblown rubbish giving the Kororoit Creek a lack of visual amenity. Kororoit Creek was less valued for its appearance or for passive recreation in this area because of its weedy and messy appearance.
This major work would not have been possible without the Friends of Kororoit Creek being supported by Melbourne Water in the form of grants for each stage. Grants were secured for Stage 1 in December 2012, Stage 2 in January 2014 and Stage 3 in early 2015.
Our Desired Outcomes
The project has –
- Improved biodiversity, habitat and connectivity for native flora and fauna.
- Improved the visual and recreational values of this section of Kororoit Creek.
- Promoted the activities of FOKC in the local area and will potentially lead to more re-vegetation works at the site.
- The three stages were sprayed out by contractors in preparation for planting. Desert Ash was cut and painted.
- All plants dug in, staked and guarded and watered in by volunteers.
- Mulch laid.
- Follow up weed spraying by contractors and ongoing maintenance by FOKC including hand weeding, removal of rubbish, repairs to guards, etc, especially during establishment period.