Wonthaggi’s Hidden Gem – Carney’s Rd Reserve (2019)
Our most current project & in partnership with the South Gippsland Conversation Society.
State Coal Mine (2019)
Garden beds at the State Coal Mine are challenging to create; the reason being that much of the surface soil includes deposits of fired terracotta clay. Back in the day when the site was an active coal mine, the dumped stockpiles of coal mine waste would occasionally catch fire. The prolonged heat fired the clay, creating chunks & bits of of hard terracotta clay. Over a number of years, we have contributed to the development of some of the sites gardens and provided plants. The latest project is to create & replenish the garden bed behind the row of carriages on the grassy knoll in front of the cafe. This will take shape during 2020.
Wetlands Enhancement Program (2014)
Four Wetlands created by community groups over the past 20 years.
These wetlands are under ParksVic management & were greatly enhanced by a series of spot spraying and planting with aquatic and wetland species. Guarding the species vulnerable to the large kangaroo population. Around each site, 50 Banskia integrifolia were also planted, as this species is under threat in our district.
Rifle Range Wetlands (2005)
Walking tracks lead through this reserve linking the rugged ocean beach to the extensive coastal heathlands and scrubs. During spring, the heathlands host a spectacular display of wildflowers. The reserve is a bird watcher’s paradise being home to over 80 species of birds.
Walk through the Wonthaggi Heathlands (around 3 km, 90 minutes return). Explore the low heathlands and coastal scrubs. Walks commence at the carpark on Chisholms Road, or Reed Crescent, in Wonthaggi.
‘Walking Wonthaggi’s Wetlands’ – Booklet
This booklet identifies 22 wetlands, with maps & detailed information on the history & what flora & fauna you will see.
The Wonthaggi Seed Bank had its genesis in Cape Paterson Coastal Plains Landcare. This group of dedicated farmers espoused the cause of indigenous plants for shelter belts, eradication of pest species, and experimentation with direct seeding methods and education.