Welcome to the Friends of Hoddles Creek website.  
 

The Friends of Hoddles Creek group was formed in 1999 and consists of concerned residents of Hoddles Creek and adjacent areas, who want to ensure that the special balance of Hoddles Creek is maintained for future generations. We have several main objectives
• a community and school education role about the importance of native forests and waterways in providing a wildlife habitat and the need to balance this heritage against development activities
• a watching brief over development projects to ensure that regulations related to tree clearing, maintenance of wildlife corridors, water usage from local waterways and use of chemical sprays are adhered to
• interaction with local and state bodies to ensure that environmental concerns are strongly represented in any planning or development activities
• a ‘hands on’ role in weed control, rubbish removal, regeneration and maintenance of bushland areas, especially along local waterways
• documentation of local wildlife populations

Click here for the full list of aims

 
 

Hoddles Creek
Named after surveyor Robert Hoddle, who led the first European expedition to find the source of the Yarra River at Mt Baw Baw in 1844, Hoddles Creek is in the Yarra Ranges between Yarra Junction and Yellingbo. Hoddles Creek has seen many activities over the intervening 150 years. In the 1860s, it shared in the gold rush that swept through the Upper Yarra and was one of the largest surviving minefields, with mining activities continuing until the middle 1900s. Gradually, problems with flooding and the increasing costs of machinery led to farming taking over as the major local industry and this continues today.

 
The area contains a fascinating mix of native forest, broad acre and intensive farming – including berry farms, tree farms and several vineyards – and residential bush blocks. Two waterways – Hoddles Creek and Blackleather Creek – flow through the area and are used for irrigation by adjacent farms. In common with the whole of the Yarra Valley, there is a need to achieve a balance between development and the preservation of native forest, bush areas and waterways. These are not only vital as wildlife habitat, but are also the reason that many tourists find the Valley such an attractive area to visit.  
 
If you agree that Hoddles Creek is a special place that is worth protecting, then the Friends of Hoddles Creek group is for you. We’d like to make sure that the special needs of our bushland plants and animals are considered in any developments in the area. In particular, the fragile areas along the banks of creeks and the creeks themselves need protection from weed infestation (e.g., blackberries, holly), from excess water usage and from the effects of runoff of agricultural chemicals. We appreciate that the Hoddles Creek area must sustain a broad range of activities; however, our aim is to help ensure a balance. There are no age limits – we welcome young and old alike. The only qualification you need is an interest in protecting the native forest and bushland areas that enrich the lives of the people who are fortunate enough to live in the Yarra Ranges and the Yarra Valley.  
   

Forest burns

Click here for Kurth Kiln Botanical Assessment, August 2013

Click here for FOHC submission, Federal Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications, Dec 2012

Click here for FOHC Sumbission, Draft Fire Operations Plan, 30.09.12

Click here for a Case Study: FOHC evaluation of Hanson Creek burn

Click here for Fire Ecology Assessment for the Yarra Ranges Landscape Management Unit 2011

Click here for Yarra Ranges Fire Ecology Assessment- 2009 Update

Click here for DSE, Yarra Ranges, LMU, Growth Stage and Age Class Distributions, 2009

 
   

Land Management Practices associated with House Loss in Wildfires - January 2012

Click here to download your copy of this report by Philip Gibbons and others.

 
   

Hoddles Creek Education Reserve
The Friends of Hoddles Creek was successful in the Parks Victoria Community Group Grant program, enabling the Friends and community to assess and gather data in the reserve. Dr Graeme Lorimer of Biosphere P/L was engaged and has prepared a report, which includes ecological values, recommendations and protocols for ongoing survey and monitoring of Hoddles Creek Education Area.  Graeme is a professional ecological consultant who has experience in working with Friends and community members in flora/ fauna survey and mapping.  Two interactive and highly successful Field Days with Graeme were held, with locals braving the cold weather to visit different parts of the reserve and learn about flora and other values and collection of data.

Key points

  • Despite being a reserve likely to possess high conservation values, very little prior investigation has occurred into its natural assets;
  • Previous mapping of vegetation types can be greatly improved;
  • The only known plant list for the reserve is from a single plot (‘quadrat’) of 0·1 hectares in 1979. We quickly found numerous other species on the field day;
  • There are substantial numbers of rare plants, including many, widely distributed plants of the nationally rare Long Pink-bells (Tetratheca stenocarpa);
  • The reserve’s interesting history has left it with trees that are higher in density and much smaller in average size and age than prior to European settlement.
  • A visit to the seldom-visited knoll in the reserve’s southwestern corner, revealing an unexpected stand of young Mountain Ash on the reserve boundary. Small holes dug on the knoll suggest the presence of bandicoots, quite likely the nationally-listed Southern Brown Bandicoot.

Click here for the 2012 final report

Click here for the 2009 report (2.5mb)

Click here for 2010-2011 project brief

Value of Hoddles Creek Reserve emphasised to the VEAC Yellingbo Investigation. Click here for FOHC submission.

 
Click here for several great links
 
     
For further information email Newsletter archive  

friendsofhoddlescreek@gmail.com

01 - Autumn 2002

02 - Winter 2002

03 - Spring 2002

04 - Summer 2003

05 - Autumn 2003  
 

06 - Winter 2003

07 - Spring 2003

08 - Summer 2004

09 - Autumn 2004 10 - Winter 2004  
 

11 - Spring 2005

12 - Spring 2006

13 - Winter 2007

14 - Summer 2012

15 - Winter 2012

 
 

16 - Spring 2012

17 - Summer 2013

18 - Autumn 2013

19 - Spring 2013

20 - Summer 13-14

 
 

21 - Winter 2014

22 - Spring 2014

23 - Summer 2014

Lyrebirds

Hansen Creek species list