Galada Tamboore (meaning “Stream waterhole”) is one of the most spectacular sites along Merri Creek and is a place of great significance to the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people. Galada Tamboore supports critically endangered Native Grassland and provides refuge to at least eight threatened species of flora and fauna. This Native Grassland is the focus of our project.
Our Grasslands of Galada Tamboore project will provide an array of activities to bring the area's wonders to a wider audience. Volunteers will have opportunities to meaningfully connect with the site and its cultural, ecological and geological values. We want to grow a volunteer group for the area, build up skills and knowledge, grow threatened plants, harvest and sow their seed, and free the grassland from noxious weeds.
Our first well-attended event was held on 12 March and nine events are following.
Keep your eyes out for these upcoming events
All events are from 10am-12pm, first Saturday of the month. Meet near the Merri Creek footbridge – see Google map.
Park in Merri Concourse, Campbellfield and walk east to Merri Creek, or park in Whittlesea Public Gardens, Lalor and walk across the pedestrian bridge over the Hume Freeway.
Saturday 2 April: Rid the grassy gilgai wetlands of weeds and help prepare areas to be sown with threatened wildflowers
Saturday 7 May: Help reintroduce threatened wildflowers by direct seeding, and monitor remnant Murnong (Plains Yam Daisy) plants
Saturday 4 June: Liberate the grassland's stony knolls from woody weeds
Saturday 2 July: Explore the area's cultural significance with a Wurundjeri Woi wurrung Elder and join us for a mid-winter picnic.
Saturday 6 August: Liberate the grassland's stony knolls from woody weeds
Saturday 3 September: Help maintain germinating wildflowers and liberate the grassland's stony knolls from woody weeds
Saturday 1 October: Murnong monitoring and weeding
Saturday 5 November: Learn about wildflower pollinators and other insects that call the grasslands home
Saturday 3 December: Celebrate the end of the project with a picnic and wander.
We are grateful for the involvement of our partners in this project:
- Banksia Gardens Community Services who will host and care for seed orchards and promote activities;
- Melbourne Polytechnic and RMIT Conservation & Land Management and Horticulture students who will help with weed removal;
- VINC (Victorian Indigenous Nurseries Coop) who will supply seed orchard plants and host seed production sessions;
- Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Narrap Rangers who will assist with site preparation and maintenance.
This project is supported by the Victorian Government through the Volunteering Innovation Fund.