Status of the "Friends of Burke Road Billabong".

The property known as Burke Road Billabong was unreserved Public Land controlled by the Department of Sustainability and Environment and VicRoads. An approach was made to the Department of Sustainability and Environment in March 2007, to rehabilitate the site which has a large area of invasive weeds. The Department agreed to set up a Committee of Management and commenced the process of 'reserving' the land and appointing a Committee.

The site was 'reserved' and the committee was formally appointed on 25 September 2008. The 'Burke Road Billabong Committee of Management was incorporated on 5 November 2008.

The VicRoads land was transferred to the Department of Sustainability and Environment in 2010 and the Committee's appointment was extended to cover the whole reserve.

A public meeting was held in July 2011 and a new committee elected for 3 years. Public meetings were also held in 2014,and 2017, with a Committee elected at these meetings. In 2020 due to Community (covid) lockdowns, the Committee of Management did not stand for re-election, and the Committee of Management role was passed to the City of Boroondara.

The Friends group has continued as an unincorporated Friends group with regular workdays - covid lockdowns permitting.

The Aims of "Friends of Burke Road Billabong."

  1. To re-establish indigenous vegetation at the Burke Road Billabong site.
  2. To enable members of the community to participate in the revegetation.
  3. To work with and provide advice to the land-owners.
  4. To communicate and work with other organisations for mutual benefit.
  5. To collect and collate information, and prepare displays, about the site.
  6. To manage and maintain funds needed to achieve these objectives.

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