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Banyule Flats and the surrouding parklands are important places
for Melbournians to enjoy the pleasures of open space,
exercise and time with family and friends. With diminishing space
in backyards and increasing development we must protect these
beautiful environmental assets in our City for future
Here are two poems that were inspired by the Banyule Wetlands
and the Banyule Native Gardens and some of the flora found
Their teeming wildlife, treasure troves of biodiversity,
streams, playing fields, meandering river,
demi-islands, ancient curving billlabong, shaded groves
open skies ...
swans, owls, koalas, platypuses, parrots,
turtles, wombats, kookaburras,
quiet pods of kangaroos, scores and scores
of native-bird species, grasslands, gums,
wattles, and oaks....
all with a rich aboriginal, colonial and
there must be places to satisfy the soul.
We have one........ Here
Twenty minutes by these waters in these wetlands gave me
heart to hope for the future against all we humans are doing to
this fragile planet.
To destroy this exquisite home for birds and other natural
inhabitants would be another blow struck in the name of barbarism,
greed and ignorance.
To compromise this oasis of hope is to damn countless
generations of life, including humans, to a little more of the hell
we are sliding into.
To foster and protect these swans is to leave to homo sapiens a
permanent place for grace and perspective.
To send the traffic on Rosanna Road along or under these waters
would be like bringing a little more of Dante's Inferno into
reality in the daily lives of all who would be further deprived of
Water Ribbons and Sedges Typical plants of
shallows and margins - they provide shelter and food for the whole
wetland environment - invertebrates, frogs, reptiles, birds and
River Red Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis)
flower in summer. Their abundant nectar attracts many insects and
nectar-feeding birds such as Lorikeets and Honeyeaters.
Hollow Tree in Creekbend Reserve
Despite being burnt out many times, this old River Red Gum remains
healthy and vigorous. It has probably sheltered many people and
animals over the years.
Clematis microphylla - an attractive native
creeper whose flowers are followed by a mass of fluffy seed-heads,
called 'Old Man's Beard'.
Eucalyptus X studleyensis on the banks of
Banyule Billabong - a natural hybrid between Reiver Red Gum and
Lightwood (Acacia implexa) - a summer-flowering
wattle with a corky bark. It grows on slopes and hillsides. Wattle
seed is an important food for native Bronzewing Pigeons.
Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) grows in rich
riverside soils, sometimes to a very large tree. Large trees in
mountain forests provide superb timber for furniture.
Prickly Moses (Acacia
A spring flowering species. 'Moses' is a corruption of
A burnt River Red Gum on the Yarra bank. The hollow was probably
formed after a large branch or second trunk fell from the
Persicaria or Knotweed in flower beside the
Swamp. A common waterside plant.
The Gate Tree at the west end of the Billabong - this River Red
Gum may be at least 200 years old. Its many hollows shelter birds
Grey Mistletoe is a parasite of wattle species.
Its flowers provide nectar to many honeyeaters and
Victorian Christmas Bush (Prostanthera
lasianthos) has white flowers in November and December.
Its Wurrundjeri name is "Corranderrk".
Native Raspberries (Rubus parvifolia) has
edible fruit, with little flavour by human standards. Birds
and possums enjoy them.
Water Ribbons (Triglochin procera) grow in
shallow water. They produce slender orange tubers, collected by
aborigines for food.
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