Protected and enhanced natural environment

Protected and enhanced natural environment

A healthier environment for future generations.


100% of Council plan actions are on track

Current projects

Find out what we’re doing to support a protected and enhanced natural environment in Yarra Ranges

Birdsland Indigenous rock sculpture

Birdsland heritage signage

We’ve installed sculptures to tell the Indigenous creation story of how the platypus was made.

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Sassafras stormwater project

We’re installing stormwater tanks in Sassafras to stop creek erosion.

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Coronation Park trail upgrade

Coronation Park, Healesville trail upgrade

We upgraded the trail surface and completed trail maintenance throughout the park.

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Kallista-Emerald Road drainage upgrade

We’re installing underground stormwater drainage and kerb and channel to control stormwater run off.

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Birdsland wetland area upgrade

Belgrave Heights Masterplan

We built a new wetland area at Birdsland Reserve and improved signage in the area.

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Highlights and initiatives

We think these projects are great and hope you do too

Environmental health

  • Contributed to the development of the Yarra Strategic Plan and the Integrated Water Management Plan for the Yarra catchment, which represent key advocacy opportunities to ensure our water resource is improved and preserved.
  • Secured $450,000 in grant funding from Department Environment Land Water and Planning (DWELP) for a three year project: Birds to Butterfield, which will restore habitat for the Helmeted Honeyeaters and Leadbeaters Possum in the corridor between their current refuge in Yellingbo Reserve and Council’s Butterfield Reserve.
  • Delivered a joint letter to the Premier Daniel Andrews in September, seeking State Government action and resources to manage pest deer in Melbourne’s outer urban areas.

Improved parks and reserves

  • Improved sports ground participation, especially for women and girls.
  • Completed a project to map current assets in parks, reserves and playgrounds to help Council with its response to community requests and adapt its weekly maintenance program to provide better parks and reserves.


  • Reduced Council’s energy bills by $237,000 by installing solar panels at Council owned facilities.
  • Planted six Illawarra flame trees at Millgrove to form a new Avenue of Honour to commemorate the efforts of local soldiers who served in World War One.
  • Hosted the Belgrave Platypus Festival with Southern Dandenongs Landcare to educate the community about the platypus that live in our creeks and lakes.
  • Removed woody weeds and other elevated weeds, including creepers and blackberry, from Barbers Road and Ridge Road Kalorama.
  • Trained more than 60 volunteers on a variety of topics including Weedy Grasses, Snake Safety, Wildlife Rescue and Child Safe Standards
  • Supported Yarra Ranges Landcare Network in running the Landcare for Singles day to put in 1,000 plants in Coronation Park, Healesville.  More than 40 community members planted and played games, and potentially met a new partner.

Get the details for all projects that we’re currently working on:

View the mid year report