South Surrey Park News October 2005

Author: Philip Crohn

On the last Sunday in September, seven volunteers, including two Scouts, enjoyed a warm breezy morning to plant about 50 daisies in the existing Delta Street plantation, plus spread more mulch to extend the area to be planted next year. Over the following few Wednesdays we did a lot more planting below the Union Road embankment, along the creek and below Delta Street, as well as the usual weeding and litter collecting.

This Sunday 30 October we’ll return to the creek near Riversdale Road, near the area recently planted by Melbourne Water contractors, for a City Council community planting followed by a free barbecue. Meet there at 10 am, wearing sensible work clothes including sunhat, sturdy footwear and gloves, but bring a raincoat in case of forecast rain. Stay afterwards for your free lunch and a chat.

Next Wednesday 2 November we’ll return to Sunday’s creekside plantation, 9 November to Delta Street then 16 November to near Union Road. Until further notice assume we’ll work every Wednesday morning, but at various locations round the Park. Please join us from 10 am for a couple of hours of weeding, pruning, and tidying up. Wear sturdy footwear and sunhat, bring a raincoat, drink bottle, workgloves, basic hand tools and enthusiasm.

The end of the year is now only two months away, and next month will be our last big Sunday. On 27 November we’ll start mulching another area to plant next year. For up to date details of Park activities, or to receive this newsletter electronically, email or phone 9836 3329.

Over summer, Melbourne Water contractors will continue creek works, removing willows and ground weeds along the creek between the two footbridges, constructing rock works to stabilise the creek banks, and planting appropriate indigenous species. In another twelve months that section of waterway will be fully mulched and planted, something like the Riversdale Road section is now, and in about five years it will look like the Union Road section. Hard to believe, but it’s only five years since we started planting in the creek below Union Road.

Also in the neighbourhood, you may have noticed the Mary McKillop Reserve in Essex Road has recently been completely relandscaped, gaining a marvellously well equipped adventure playground. Congratulations Boroondara City Council for another job well done.

If you want a practice run before our planting, Friends of Willsmere Park & Kew Billabong will be working this Saturday 29 October, from 10 am, meeting near their notice board at the north end of the pedestrian tunnel under the Eastern Freeway, Melway 45 F1. They’ll also be working on 26 November. More from Tony Michael at or

FSSP memberships for 2005 are now overdue, so many thanks to the people who’ve joined or rejoined for this year, but if you have not yet done so, please complete the membership form below and forward $20 per household, or $10 for individuals and concession holders (GST included) to our Honorary Treasurer, Frank Horwill, at 48 Essex Road, phone 9836 6353.

Work in South Surrey Park is brought to you through the efforts of the Friends of South Surrey Park, a voluntary group working closely with the local community, Boroondara City Council and Melbourne Water. For more information about your local Park, including minutes of past committee meetings and details of future activities, contact any committee member listed below.

Pam Welsford (Chair) 9830 5178
Ursula Povey (Secretary) 9836 6149
Frank Horwill (Treasurer) 9836 6353
Philip Crohn (Publicity) 9836 3329
Stuart Paxton 9836 0893
David Bailey 9836 1513
Peter Campbell 9836 5324


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