The Werribee River and its catchment, from creeks to wetlands and estuaries, have been highly modified over the past 200 years. This has had on impact on its character, including associated vegetation and wildlife. We may never experience it exactly as First Peoples did.
Even so the river still holds up life in this region, providing habitat, resources and connection. It is embedded in the community’s sense of place and collective responsibility.
If you have ever wondered how to give back to nature, every time is always the right time.
Pollution comes in various forms, and can end up in the Werribee River via stormwater. Solid pollutants such as disposable plastics and loops can pose a direct threat to wildlife, and also affect our experience of the environment, which relates to our sense of wellbeing.
Help combat the waste that ends up in waterways by joining a Litter Blitz group.
You can also engage in Wyndham City Council’s annual Green Living series.
Indigenous plantings are critical to restoring the way that local ecosystems work. Not only do they create and connect habitat, they also influence soil conditions and micro-climates, provide windbreaks, and even help control incursions of waste into the river and the bay.
Join a Landcare group and get started on your conservation journey today!
Citizen science has become an important component of conservation, given the challenges specific to each regional ecosystem. It helps generate local data over long periods of time, providing an evidence base for strategic responses.
Werribee River Association conducts monthly water quality sessions at Bungey’s Hole, Werribee as part of Waterwatch. This looks at basic indicators for salinity, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen. These sessions are usually held every 1st Saturday.
WRA also contributes to fauna surveys, and engages partners in monitoring key aspects of waterways health such as soil run-off from agriculture.
Further details about Werribee River Association walks, conservation activities, litter clean-ups and more, visit www.werribeeriver.org.au