Friends of Damper Creek Conservation Reserve
Damper Creek is an ecological corridor located on Wurrundjeri land in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It is maintained and constantly improved by the City of Monash, and The Friends of Damper Creek Conservation Reserve, a voluntary environmental group which actively helps replant, clean up, weed and care for the bushland.
On 26 September 1968, The Damper Creek Conservation and Development Group was formed following a proposal by the then Waverley Council that Damper Creek be barrel-drained, the land subdivided and roads connected. After much community effort and consultation, that proposal was eventually rejected by Council, and Damper Creek Reserve was created.
The incorporation of The Friends of Damper Creek Reserve followed in 1993. The Friends worked in conjunction with the City of Waverley (now City of Monash) and the then MMBW (now Melbourne Water) to begin a staged restoration of the Damper Creek watercourse. Their combined efforts have helped restore, replant and preserve this bushland reserve for future generations.
In 2020, in recognition of its unique standing as a highly valued bio-diverse area with remnant vegetation, Damper Creek Reserve was designated as a Conservation Reserve by Monash Council. The designation formally recognised the area as a significant example of relatively undisturbed and restored native bushland in Monash.
Today, Damper Creek Conservation Reserve is an abundant habitat for native wildlife, and a peaceful bushland place to visit.
This short video celebrates 30 years of environmental restoration works at Damper Creek Conservation Reserve and shows that community volunteers working in partnership with local government can make a positive change and protect our environment for future generations.
The Friends invite you to volunteer and be a part of this ongoing story.
28 February 2024 – Guest speaker Raymond Gibson, Topic: Possums and Gliders in Victoria – a fauna survey perspective
22 May 2024
28 August 2024 AGM
27 November 2024
25 February 2024 (Clean Up Australia Day – meet at the Park Rd carpark for registration).
24 March 2024 (Weeding – meet at Fern Gully just north of Alice Street bridge). Please note that date changed from the last Sunday which is Easter)
28 April 2024 – (Weeding – meet at Fern Gully just north of Alice Street bridge)
26 May 2024 – (Community Planting Day – Meeting place near Fern Gully – Free sausage sizzle commences at 11.30am) – more information tba
30 June 2024 – extra tube stock planting
28 July 2024 NOTE working bee transferred to assist the National Tree Day – Planet Ark planting event of Friends of Scotchmans Creek and Valley Reserve. Please check location in Damper Creek Doings newsletter July 2024 on this site. All welcome
25 August 2024
22 September 2024
27 October 2024
24 November 2024 (Free Annual BBQ as a thankyou to members/volunteers – from 12 noon – 3pm approximately – lunch served approx. 12.30pm. – meet in the Reserve at the end of Richard Road)