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Sustainability and the Environment

Sustainability and the Environment

Growing Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the variety of all living things; the different plants, animals and micro organisms; and the ecosystems they form.

Council’s Growing Biodiversity approach is the overarching program that works towards engaging everyone in our municipality to focus on growing biodiversity in their backyard and neighbourhood.

Council provides a range of resources, educational displays, events and community planting days to educate and inspire adults and children to do what they can to increase biodiversity.

The bushland areas are fragmented, which makes it difficult for animals to move safely from area to area and by planting up our backyards with habitat plants to attract animals we not only provide shelter, food and nesting options, we also provide green corridors for them.

Download Growing Biodiversity Booklet 

Download posters

Nesting Box Project

Many Australian animals rely on tree hollows to rear their young. Most parrot species, kookaburras, owls, wood ducks, possums, microbats (very small bats) and sugar gliders all nest in hollows. The problem with this is that many of our larger, old, hollow bearing trees have been cleared. To address this, Council has been installing nesting boxes, with the assistance of schools participating in our Habitat, Hollows and Nesting Box Program and we have also been creating hollows in old, dead trees and logs.

To see some of our nesting boxes take a stroll along Dandenong Creek Reserve or Fotheringham Reserve.  

Messy Bushland

Take a walk in one of our bushland reserves and you will notice the fallen branches, logs and long grass. This is a natural and very important feature of the Australian bush and play a key role in providing shelter for frogs, lizards, insects, birds and small mammals. In other words – it provides habitat and increases biodiversity.

We encourage you to provide small logs, rocks and branches in your own backyards to encourage lizards and insects to your yard.