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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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


Ballarat Line Upgrade: removal of trees from rail corridor

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Relocating felled Sheoke trunks from rail reserve to Pinkerton Link

At a meeting with Pinkerton Landcare and Environment Group (PLEG), Regional Rail Revival, Melbourne Metro Rail Authority and LendLease concerning removal of native grassland vegetation from the rail corridor between Deer Park and Melton, PLEG were informed that a stand of Drooping Sheoke trees, a few hundred metres east of Ferris Road was to be removed to make way for railway duplication works.

Updated: Tuesday, 22 May 2018 22:35


Diary for 2018: January - March

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Read about PLEG's activities for the first quarter of 2018: January to March, including
Weeding at Pinkerton Link: Sunday 14th January 2018
Weeding in Pinkerton Forest: 16th January
Weeding in Pinkerton Forest: 7th February
Spreading mulch & sowing seed at Pinkerton Link: 25th February
Weeding at Pinkerton Flat: Tuesday 6th March, Monday 26th March

Updated: Tuesday, 12 February 2019 22:37


Pinkerton Forest Story


This Pinkerton Forest document was placed in the Time Capsule that was opened on 2017 then re-interred in Pinkerton Forest, in USB form, requiring a detailed summary of our activities over the years in Pinkerton Forest.

Updated: Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:41


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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.