2011 AGM Guest Speaker

At our AGM held on 5th June 2011, Jeff Latter from the Woori Yallock Creek Park Alliance gave an illustrated talk about the proposal to create the Yellingbo State Emblems Park.

This proposal which covers 2,200 hectares on Melbourne’s fringe will link the Dandenong Ranges to the Bunyip State Park and the Yarra Ranges National Park through means of existing public land, which includes Nature Conservation, Bushland and Streamside Reserves. It will be the only location where all three of our terrestrial emblems, namely the Helmeted Honeyeater, Leadbeater’s Possum and Pink Heath are to be found while Yellingbo recognises the name of the last known Aboriginal person, hence the name Yellingbo State Emblems Park.

The Park will be on the outer fringe Green Wedge between 35 and 55 kilometres from the city. The main public land included is along the Woori Yallock Creek, Hoddles Creek and part of the Yarra River. The Woori Yallock catchment contains the Emerald, Perrins, Sassafras, Ti-tree, Menzies, Cockatoo, Sheperd, McCrae and Sheep Station Creeks, all with crown water frontages.

The Park will have a single manager, so greatly streamlining the variety of activities currently carried out under the control of various land managers. This will also make life easier for the large number of people involved in the numerous friends and environmental groups and enable them to get on with the jobs they have volunteered for. Currently, they are forced to deal with any number of different organisations and regulations, which is very time-consuming and frustrating.

By linking up all these areas of public land and combining them with the adjacent private properties that are preserved for wildlife or registered with the Trust for Nature (of which there are quite a number in the area) we create something meaningful and productive.
Rather than isolated bits and pieces of land, we will have an extensive unit, which is better able to protect the flora and faunal habitats. The Park can then be promoted as a unit so that the community will benefit through education and recreation.

The Woori Yallock Creek Park Alliance is a collective of community Groups primarily within the Woori Yallock Creek Catchment. What is heartening is that this concept has the support of both the present and the former State governments