CancelledCelebrating the platypus in the Diamond Creek


Due to ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 situation in Victoria, we have postponed our Celebrating the Platypus in the Diamond Creek event.

We look forward to rescheduling the event for early 2022.

Keep an eye out on Council’s and Edendale Community Environment Farm’s Facebook pages in the coming months for details.

A platypus swimming in a clear blue pond

All are welcome for a jam-packed day of family fun!

Register here

There will be a range of activities and attractions, including:

  • a guest speaker
  • craft activities
  • decal and stencil workshops
  • farm tours
  • platypus jenga
  • The Connies tram conductors
  • face painting
  • water bug discovery
  • environmental stalls
  • Djirri Djirri dancers
  • music performed on the FReeZA stage
  • a barbecue run by the Eltham Lions Club.

The event is being run by Nillumbik Shire Council in conjunction with Melbourne Water.

COVID-19 plan

The event will be run in accordance with COVID-19 safety directions and restrictions. Please register your attendance ahead of the event and be sure to check in on the day, use hand sanitiser, practice social distancing as much as possible, and bring a mask to use when you can’t physically distance from others.

What you will learn

  • about the platypus and other threatened species and how we can help protect them

What you will get

  • music brought to you by FReeZA
  • craft activities to take home

Parking info

While there is some parking available at the front of Edendale we would encourage you to investigate some more sustainable transport options including:

  • riding your bike
  • public Transport 
  • walking
  • car pooling

Some overflow parking may be available at Eltham North playground.

What to bring

  • phone for QR code scanning
  • refillable water bottle
  • limited food vendors will be present so BYO food as well

What to wear


Appropriate for

Families, people interested in biodiversity and protecting nature

Drawing competition for primary school-aged children

We are also running a drawing competition for primary school students. Categories include:

  • prep, grade 1 and 2,
  • grade 3 and 4, and
  • grade 5 and 6.

We’re looking for creative entries that convey one or more of the following messages relating to platypus conservation:

  • Never leave rubbish around parks and waterways
  • Throw out fishing line and don’t leave it where you’ve been fishing
  • Save the Diamond Creek platypus
  • Keep your dog on a lead around the Diamond Creek
  • Help plant habitat plants along the creek

We have some prizes available for three winners in each age group, which will be presented at 11.15am on 4 September at the celebration event. Winners will need to be present at the celebration day in order to receive their prize.

How to enter

Entries must be received by Monday 30 August and can be dropped off at Council’s Civic Drive office in Greensborough (please note the Civic Drive office is closed during lockdown periods), at Edendale Community Environment Farm (please note Edendale Farm is closed during lockdown periods) or posted to:

Richard Rowe
C/O Nillumbik Shire Council
PO Box 476
Greensborough VIC 3088

Please include the entrant’s name, suburb, school, and year level. Entries must have this information to be considered. Please also include a parent or carer’s contact details. Children do not need to attend school in Nillumbik to be eligible to enter but must be present at the event to receive their prize.

For any further information please contact Nillumbik Shire Council on 9433 3231.

When (All dates cancelled)

  • Saturday, 04 September 2021 | 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM


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