UPDATE, June 2019
Thanks to generous funding from Melbourne Water, support from the Yarra Ranges Council and the hard work of many regular volunteers, this group continues to improve Monbulk Creek and the bushland surrounding it. The Friends have just embarked on another project funded by Melbourne Water, this time on the western side of the creek with the aim of saving the remnant grey gums and tree ferns which have amazingly survived drastic changes to the hydrology of the site over the years. Residential and roadside stormwater has dumped unnaturally large volumes of polluted and weed-laden water on this floodplain, causing flooding and changed conditions leading to root rot in the big gums, causing them to fall over. We arer ridding the area of its carpet of tradescantia and replacing it with local plants in an attempt to use the water which is constantly lying there. We are working with council and Melbourne Water to improve drainage eg. the installion of a swale and raingardens to filter and slow down the huge volumes of stormwater running off Park Drive but this is just one small part of the overall stormwater issue which needs to be addressed if the locally threatened platypus population is to survive.
The Friends of Belgrave Lake Park meet every Tuesday from 10am to 2pm.
Belgrave Lake Park has high local significance as the site of the reservoir and pipeline which, from 1893-1924, supplied water to the town of Dandenong, and after that to the farmers of Lysterfield. The Park had significance too, as a popular tourist destination where there was picnicing, swimming and camping. From 1939 the Park was associated with the Belgrave Auto Camp built on land adjacent to the Reservoir. The original kiosk, a stone and log cabin, which served both the Auto Camp and the Reserve, remains.
Volunteers gather each week to remove weeds plant locally indigenous plants and conduct work to prevent erosion of the Monbulk Creek which is habitat to platpus.