Hobsons Bay City Council - Conservation & Biodiversity
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Conservation & Biodiversity

Conservation reserves in Hobsons Bay protect significant flora and fauna and enhance biodiversity.

Hobsons Bay supports significant marine areas, wetlands and coastal parks including Truganina Swamp, the Truganina Explosives Reserve, Cherry Lake, the Altona Coastal Park, Jawbone Reserve, Newport Lakes and the internationally recognised, Ramsar listed, Cheetham Wetlands. A total of five waterways run through the municipality including Skeleton Creek, Laverton Creek, Cherry Creek, Kororoit Creek and Stony Creek.

These open spaces provide a home to a diverse range of ecosystems that provide habitat to an impressive range of flora and fauna, including many rare and threatened species. These unique assets are managed by Hobsons Bay City Council, Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning.

Council conducts a significant array of conservation activities each year. This includes weed management, pest animal control, ecological burning, educational events and revegetation works in partnership with volunteers and the community. These works are guided by Council’s Biodiversity Strategy. The strategy provides the strategic direction to guide Council’s conservation management works whilst ensuring alignment with Council operations, particularly conservation, land use planning and open space planning.

The Biodiversity Strategy and supporting Technical Report are available through the links below:

Biodiversity Strategy summary (0.4MB)(PDF, 377KB)

Biodiversity Strategy 2017-22 (3.5MB)(PDF, 4MB)

Biodiversity Technical Report 2016 (7.5MB)(DOC, 8MB)


How can you get involved?

There are several ways that you can get involved and help protect biodiversity within Hobsons Bay.

To find an event near you check out our conservation events calendar:

Conservation Activities Calendar 2018(PDF, 604KB)

Conservation Activities Text 2018(PDF, 619KB)

A hard copy of the calendar is available by phoning the Hobsons Bay City Council Conservation Ranger on 9932 1000.


If you are interested in volunteering then consider joining one of our Friends of groups. Currently, there are eight Friends of groups who contribute vital energy and enthusiasm to the care and management of biodiversity, open space and ecosystems within the City of Hobsons Bay.

Our Friends of groups Activities Calendar of events outlines the various projects to be carried out by volunteers throughout the year.

Information about Friends group conservation activities(PDF, 604KB)

 Sign up for the e-newsletter

To keep up to date with the latest news check out our Ranger Ramblings newsletter. It will keep you up to date with conservation and environment events within and around Hobsons Bay as well as providing other interesting information about local parks, flora, and fauna.

 Use our sustainable gardening guide

For information on local habitat gardening and what you can do to support native plants and animals in your back yard check out our sustainable gardening guide.

Sustainable gardening guide(PDF, 4MB)

 Go bird watching

The Birds of Hobsons Bay's Coastline aims to help you identify Hobsons Bay’s resident and migratory shorebirds, along with some of our more familiar coastline birds and seabirds. Use the booklet to discover birds in wetlands across Hobsons Bay, and help their conservation through monitoring by entering your bird count data online.

'Birds of Hobsons Bay's Coastline' pocket-sized field guide(PDF, 3MB)

 For more information, contact the Council Conservation Ranger on 9923 1000 or ranger@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au



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Many species of wildlife call Hobsons Bay home.

Sustainable Gardening

A local guide to creating your own sustainable garden, including information about using native and indigenous plants.

RAMSAR Protection Program

Council has partnered with the Port Phillip Westernport Catchment Management Authority and created a five year partnership

Photo competition - #OurBiodiverseCity

Find out the winners of our native flora or fauna photography competition.