Chain of ponds opens
Biodiversity in Bayside
Thursday 23 June 2022
Take a wander through a tranquil oasis replicating the ancient ecological life of our land of drought and flooding rains at Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve's Chain of Ponds.
The newly completed first stage of the transformation of the former golf course just 10kms from the Melbourne CBD offers an unforgettable adventure through an incredible world of indigenous flora and fauna.
Bayside is transforming the site into a biodiversity rich nature reserve with expansive wetlands.
Already more than 100 different indigenous plant species (more than 50,000 plants) are growing, attracting an abundance of native wildlife.
A chain of ponds, two billabongs and two soaks are the life source of this wonderful reserve, filling and receding through the seasons and creating the rich environment necessary to support the native plants that adapt to the water level changes. A bio retention filter manages water from the Elster Creek Catchment ensuring not just water reuse but reducing the quantity of pollutants going into Port Phillip Bay. Find out more about the different elements of the Chain of Ponds.
As well as substantially enhancing biodiversity, water management and improved water quality flowing into the Bay, Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve has significant benefits for the community.
Meandering paths and cross-water stepping stones encourages exploration of this tranquil place, looking for wildlife, listening to the songs of frogs and birds and enjoying the beauty of the indigenous flora.
Stage 1 is just the beginning of a total reclamation of this 14-hectare site which will also have new and expanded wetlands, wildflower meadows, woodlands and a conservation island.
Council is investing $8 million in the implementation of the masterplan developed through extensive community engagement.
The former Australian Government committed $6 million to the project and Council is seeking to realise a $11.7 million election pledge by the new Australian Government. Bayside also aims to partner with the Victorian Government on this regionally significant initiative.
Find out more about Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve