South Surrey Park News November 2005

Author: Phil Crohn

On the last Sunday in October, twenty three volunteers, including local MLA Rob Clark, City Councillor Dick Menting, and staff from the City Council and Melbourne Water, enjoyed a warm breezy morning to plant about 2400 seedlings on the east bank of the creek near Riversdale Road. We planted a lot of extra grasses, daisies, shrubs and trees to thicken up last August’s plantation, as well as extending it further down to the creek and northwards along the top of the bank, before enjoying Peppy’s famous barbecue.

Over the following Wednesdays we planted a couple of hundred more grasses, daisies and shrubs in the same area, as well as a few more below Delta and Anderson Streets, and of course the usual weeding and litter collecting.

This Sunday 27 November we’ll return to the much worked site below Delta Street, to mulch another small area to plant next year. Meet there at 10 am, wearing sensible work clothes including sunhat, sturdy footwear and gloves, but bring a raincoat in case of forecast rain. If possible please bring old newspapers to spread under the woodchips supplied by the city council, and wheel barrows, pitchforks and shovels to spread the chips. Stay afterwards for free drinks, bickies and a chat.

Next Wednesday 30 November we’ll work behind the Riversdale Road shops, 7 December near Union Road, then 14 December back to Delta Street, and that will be it for another year! 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.

Wednesday activities will probably recommence in February 2006, then our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for 11 April, and our first Sunday activity will be 30 April. To stay in touch over summer, email or phone 9836 3329.

Melbourne Water contractors recently began poisoning weeds along the creek between the two footbridges, and over summer will construct rock works to stabilise the creek banks, ready for planting next year with 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 was only in 2001 that we started planting in the creek below Union Road. Further info from or 9235 7250.

If you want a practice run before our mulching, Friends of Willsmere Park & Kew Billabong will be working this Saturday 26 November, from 10 am, meeting near their notice board at the north end of the pedestrian tunnel under the Eastern Freeway, Melway 45 F1. 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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