Panton Hill Bushland Reserve System
Nillumbik Shire Council owns and manages seven bushland reserves in the Panton Hill, Smiths Gully and Watsons Creek area collectively known as the Panton Hill Bushland Reserve System.
The individual reserves are named using Wurrundjeri names for species found in the Reserves.
The reserves total approximately 140 hectares in area and as a system of reserves, in association with Parks Victoria Reserves and Crown Land, form a corridor of relatively intact remnant bushland extends from Smiths Gully in the North to Watson’s Creek in the South, primarily adjoining Long Gully Creek.
The reserves are significant for their diverse array of native plants, animals and vegetation communities, important regional habitat links, the presence of threatened species, the presence of historical and heritage sites, and opportunities for environmental education and recreation.
Following an extensive period of community consultation spanning six years, Council adopted the Panton Hill Bushland Reserves System Management Plan(PDF, 2MB) in June 2011 as the key document to manage the important conservation, social and recreation values of the reserves.
The Panton Hill Bushland Reserves Interpretation Design Report
The report(PDF, 15MB) has been developed to:
- Encourage an understanding, appreciation and care within the community of the exceptional and outstanding natural features, biodiversity, social and historical values of these reserves and the natural environment in general.
- Ensure that the Panton Hill Bushland Reserves are responsibly managed as an important social resource and that they provide opportunities for members of the community to enjoy and appreciate the natural environment
Over the 40 years since the land that now forms the Panton Hill Bushland Reserves came into public ownership, the reserves have been highly valued by the community as a place for variety of recreational pursuits, including bushwalking, bird watching, horse riding and mountain biking.
The Panton Hill Bushland Reserves System User Group was established to provide opportunities for volunteers to engage in activities that protect the values of the Panton Hill Bushland Reserves and help manage user impacts.
The aims of this group are to:
- To assist in planning on-ground activities that promote and protect the values of the reserves.
- To assist in the implementation of activities that protect these values.
- To engage users and user groups in the implementation of these activities.
Coordinated and facilitated by Council, the User Group Committee meets on a quarterly basis to discuss on-ground works occurring within the reserves, as well as to plan opportunities for volunteers to get involved in protecting the reserves.
Volunteer activities are held regularly within the reserves and include a range of works such as weed control, trail maintenance, flora and fauna monitoring, pest animal management, trail monitoring, revegetation and rubbish removal.
For information, or to get involved in the Panton Hill Bushland Reserves System User Group contact Brad Tadday, Senior Environmental Works Officer on 9433 3203 or email Brad.Tadday@nillumbik.vic.gov.au