2planting in pinklink 28aug2022 DSC00097 closeup smlGreater Western Water (GWW) and Pinkerton Landcare & Environment Group (PLEG) invited the public to join them on Sunday 28th August for a large scale tree planting day at Pinkerton Link.  

This is located at GWW’s water treatment plant at Surbiton Park. A total of 28 people took up the invitation to plant trees, ranging from people from Bacchus Marsh, Melton and other places. We planted a total of 460 Grey Box trees!  

MeltonSecondaryCollege planting at pinkerton link

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.


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.

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.

Sue Pink Link 1july2016 x150Creating a Grey Box Grassy Woodland at Pinkerton Link   On Friday 1st July, Pinkerton Landcare and Environment Group invited members of the public to join them in creating a Grey Box Grassy Woodland, continuing with the restoration of Pinkerton Link. The Pinkerton Link project began in 2011 and aims to create a Grey Box woodland on this twelve hectare site; creating a wildlife corridor between two existing areas of remnant bushland.   

grassland direct seeding machine thBack in 2010 Greening Australia were commissioned by Western Water and PLEG to produce a Revegetation Management Plan for Pinkerton Link. A major component of this plan was to design and implement a program of grassy understorey restoration at the site.


Star Weekly, January 12, 2016

Working with Western Water, the Pinkerton Landcare and Environment Group (PLEG) in 2011 opened a habitat corridor between Pinkerton Forest and Bush’s Paddock, known as the Pinkerton Link.
Now, the diamond firetail – a finch with a bright red bill and black wings with white spots – will get more of the habitat it needs, thanks to a recent $12,000 ‘threatened special protection initiative’ grant from the state government.

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Help us create a Forest!

Pinkerton Landcare & Environment Group

Friday 22nd May 1-4pm and Saturday 23rd May 9.00 am-12.00 noon.

Pinkerton Landcare & Environment Group invite the community to help create a new forest!

This ambitious & innovative project by Western Water & Pinkerton Landcare & Environment Group, began in 2011. It aims to create a forest on a once bare twelve hectare paddock between Pinkerton Forest and Bush’s Paddock.

View on Natureshare

NameScientific NameCount
Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen Y
Black Kite Milvus migrans
Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla Y
Golden-headed Cisticola Cisticola exilis Y
Jacky Winter Microeca fascinans Y
Little Raven Corvus mellori Y
Magpie-lark Grallina cyanoleuca Y
White-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus Y
Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys Y
Yellow-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa Y
Zebra Finch Taeniopygia guttata Y

Observed by K. Maddigan

Sludge Paddock Restoration Project

Creating a forest out of nothing!

In the beginning: there was the Sludge Paddock!




Western Water owns a 692 hectare property at Butlers Rd, Melton South where it operates the Melton Recycled Water Plant (RWP). A large part of the property is currently leased for farming activity using recycled water from the Melton RWP.  The majority of the property consists of agricultural pasture but also incorporates wastewater lagoons and infrastructure, agricultural structures and areas of native vegetation such as Pinkerton Forest and the Werribee River. Melton RWP is within the Victorian Volcanic Plains (VVP) bio-region and is found 1 kilometre west of Mt Cottrell.

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