Pinkerton Forest

Pinkerton Landcare & Environment Group (PLEG) is concerned with the restoration of native grasslands and grassy grey-box woodlands, including the grassy woodland of Pinkerton Forest, the nearby native grassland in Mulla Mulla Grasslands (Bush's Paddock) and of the adjacent section of the Werribee River Volcanic Gorge, (which adjoins Western Water Treatment Plant at Surbiton Park) within the City of Melton, Victoria, Australia.

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Planting at Cobbledick Ford - July 2019

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On Friday 12th July PLEG joined Friends of Cobbledick Ford and City of Wyndham in planting on the floodplain between the Reserve and the Ford. We planted 500 Microlaena and 100 Poa labilliere to help stabilise the soil in the event of flooding.

Updated: Monday, 16 September 2019 15:34


Melton Secondary College: planting at Pinkerton Link Friday 14th June

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On Friday 14th June, twenty-four students and two teachers from Melton Secondary College joined PLEG members Irene, Rosemary and Daryl in planting 200 plants in Pinkerton Link.


Updated: Monday, 16 September 2019 15:34


Watering trees in Pinkerton Link - 9th May 2019

Morning tea in Pinkerton Link On Thursday 9th May members of PLEG and Andrew of VNPA returned to Pink Link to water the Grey Box seedlings planted by Melton Secondary College students in 2018.

Updated: Monday, 16 September 2019 12:29


Platypus eDNA testing in the Werribee River

frances platypus eDNA cobbledicks 20190320 thPlatypus eDNA sampling was done recently by PLEG volunteers on behalf of Melbourne Water in the Werribee River. This involves volunteers taking filtered samples of water from various sites & handing them to Melbourne Water to be laboratory tested for Platypus DNA. Environmental flows were underway so the DNA would have been mixed with more water than normal.

Alisa Fisher of Melbourne Water advises that water sampled from beside Western Water’ Surbiton Park treatment plant at Exford tested positive for the presence of Platypus. Other positive results were recorded from Bluestone Ford, Werribee South & Bungeys Hole, Werribee.

Updated: Monday, 16 September 2019 15:32

Watering trees in Pinkerton Link - 6th March 2019

Dust storm approaching thOn Wednesday Irene, Rosemary & Daryl returned to Pinkerton Link to water the trees again. As we left red dust clouds were appearing on the southwest horizon.

Updated: Monday, 16 September 2019 12:29


Melton bids farewell to Frances Overmars

Frances sendoff a1 thOn Thursday 28th March thirty people from the environmental community bid farewell to local environmental champion Frances Overmars, who is leaving the district for Anglesea. 

Frances has been a leading force in defending our local natural environment over many years. She has been the Environmental Co-ordinator for Pinkerton Landcare and Environment Group, leading the restoration of local remnant woodland Pinkerton Forest.

Updated: Monday, 16 September 2019 15:35


PLEG Annual Picnic 6th January 2019

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PLEG’s annual picnic for 2018 was held on Sunday 6th January 2019

Our picnic/BBQ was originally planned for Sunday 16th December but this was cancelled due to the deteriorating weather forecast. It was considered that in the event of forecast heavy rains the access track would be muddy and slippery. Also, old growth woodlands are unsafe in thunderstorms due to the possibility of falling trees and branches.

Updated: Monday, 16 September 2019 15:36


PLEG: Diary for 2018

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Read about PLEG's activities for  2018


Updated: Tuesday, 12 February 2019 23:05


Open Day at Surbiton Park

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On Saturday 2nd June Pinkerton Landcare and Environment Group (PLEG) and Western Water welcomed the community to an Open Day to visit the Werribee River Volcanic Gorge beside Western Water’s treatment plant at Surbiton Park. PLEG launched their brochure ‘Restoration of the Werribee River Volcanic Gorge’ funded by a City of Melton World Environment Day Grant.

Updated: Tuesday, 09 October 2018 23:03

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Pinkerton Forest and Bush's Paddock Flora and Fauna Report

Western Water and Shire of Melton commissioned Ecology Australia Pty Ltd to conduct a flora and fauna assessment of Pinkerton Forest and Mulla Mulla Grasslands (Bush's Paddock).

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Cobbledicks Ford Reserve: Flora and Fauna Management Plan

SMEC Australia Pty Ltd was commissioned by Wyndham City Council to prepare a flora and fauna management plan for Cobbledicks Ford.

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Western Water Partnership

WW logo CMYK We recognise the ongoing support of Western Water in our work to protect and enhance Pinkerton Forest, the Werribee River and the Pinkerton Link.