Conservation

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 water-ways 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.

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

Biodiversity Strategy

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(PDF, 4MB). 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.

How can you get involved?

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

Volunteer

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

A hard copy of our conservation events calendar is available by phoning the Conservation Ranger on 9932 1000 or emailing ranger@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

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.          

Go bird watching

The Birds of Hobsons Bay's Coastline brochure 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 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.