The Mont Albert District - a Pictorial History 1830 to 2013

Bushland Reserves

Indigenous Heritage
Geology and Topography
Vegetation and Fauna
Climate and Hydrology
1840s to 1870s
1850s - Parish of Nunawading
1852 - Whitehorse Inn
1861 - Postal Services
1880s - Electricity Supply
1880s to 1920s
1882 - Phantom Railways to Doncaster
1883 - Residential Heritage Precinct
1884 - Broughton Park subdivsion
1884 - Brickworks
1885 - Surrey Hills district - map
1888 - Football Clubs
1889 - Gas Supply and Gasworks
1889 - Doncaster Electric Tramway and Tower
1890 - Mont Albert Railway Station
1892 - Surrey Hills Golf Club
1892 - Water Supply, Reservoirs and Sewerage
1899 - Telephone Services
1905 - The Surrey Dive
1907 - Scouts and Guides
1912 - Mont Albert Village Shopping Precinct
1914 - Mont Albert Progress Association
1916 - Californian Bungalows
1917 - Schools
1917 - Wattle Park
1924 - Early Shortwave Broadcasting from the Surrey Hills district
1924 - Black's Estate
1925 - Bus Services
1929 - Tramways
1930 - Cricket Clubs in Mont Albert
1930s - Balwyn - Beckett Park Bonfires and Wildlife Sanctuary
1948 - Grange Tennis Courts
1957 - Pioneer Park
1961 - Surrey Hills Communications Tower
1981 - Box Hill Miniature Railway
Koonung Creek Parklands
Heritage Notes
Mont Albert Road - Early History
Mont Albert Rd - the East End
Elgar Rd - north and south of Mont Albert Rd
Mont Albert Rd - View St to Elgar Rd
Bushland Reserves
Service Associations
Sporting Clubs
Box Hill Institute of TAFE
Walking Trails
The Author's Websites
References and Acknowledgements

2013 - Koonung Creek Wetlands (author)

Whitehorse Council manages a number of bushland reserves throughout the municipality, a few of which are in the Mont Albert/Mont Albert North districts. Many of these areas are natural remnants of the original vegetation that existed before development occurred. Some areas are recreated or revegetated through the introduction of native plants.

Sizes of bushland areas vary from small clumps that may only be few square metres through to vegetation that occupies a number of hectares.   

Why Do We Have Bushland Reserves?
Bushland reserves provide a home for local native wildlife and help preserve wildflowers and other indigenous vegetation. Bushland reserves also offer great spaces for the community to enjoy.     

Spring Colour in Bushland Reserves
Native bushland produces a stunning array of wildflowers and flowering shrubs that come alive in spring. In some bushland parks you will see native orchids and a carpet of wildflowers during the spring period. Please don't pick wildflowers as all park visitors enjoy seeing them in their natural environment.

What Sort of Animals Are Found in Our Bushland Reserves?
A range of indigenous and non-indigenous animals may be seen from time to time in bushland parks. It is unusual to see large marsupials but there have been recorded sightings of kangaroos, koalas, and echidnas. More commonly seen are ringtail and brushy tail possums, lizards, birds and insects. Snakes may be seen from time to time. If you allow them sufficient space and don't disturb them, they generally will not pose a danger to you.  

What is Habitat?
The homes and food sources that indigenous animals require is known as habitat. Habitat may include dead tree hollows, native grasses, logs, rocks or water bodies. In bushland reserves you will see areas of long unmown grass, standing dead trees, shrubs and wildflowers, which are all preserved as habitat for animals.     

What About Wetlands? 
Wetlands are special aquatic habitats that provide a home for various birds, fish, and insects. Wetlands also help to treat storm water runoff to make it cleaner when it arrives at creeks before heading to the bay. Litter collection must be performed regularly at wetlands because paper and cans dropped in the street make their way through the stormwater system into wetlands.   

Doesn't the Bush Look After Itself?
Bush is a complex natural system that there are a number of issues that need to be managed. Weeds will totally dominate natural bush unless they are controlled. Some plants that are grown in gardens have the potential to spread dramatically in bushland and may over run the local native vegetation, these are known as environmental weeds.

Dumping of garden rubbish and lawn clippings results in the spread of weeds, increased fire risk and may encourage other uncontrolled dumping.

Sometimes non-indigenous animals may degrade the natural environment or attack native wildlife so from time to time these may need to be responded to.

Who Looks After Our Bushland?
Council manages bushland areas with the active support of many community volunteers. Members of the local community also assist by reporting matters requiring attention such as fallen tree limbs or vandalised signs as well as generating interest within the local community.

Remnant Bushland in Urban Areas
Clearance of native vegetation is the single greatest threat to terrestrial biodiversity. Bushland areas require less water than the more traditional parks and gardens. Active involvement in the preservation of these areas by local conservation groups fosters a strong sense of community and ownership. 
(Source for the above: Whitehorse Council)


2013 - Gawler Chain Reserve

Bushland Areas in the Study Region
The main bushland areas are in the Koonung Creek Reserve, and the Gawler Chain Reserve, both in Mont Albert North. Remnants survive in the Kingsley Gardens, Mont Albert Park, and the Mont Albert Reserve.


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