We are a community group working under the banner of Landcare and the Natural Resources Volunteer program of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board. We enjoy working with our friends and neighbours to improve our environment and our local parks and reserves.
We began in 2000 when some erosion remediation work was done along Dry Creek in Valley View, South Australia. The community was asked to be involved in revegetation plantings. Since then we have carried on working along the creek with extra plantings and maintenance.
Our section of Dry Creek begins at Grand Junction Road, Valley View, and then continues downstream to Walkleys Road. This section is jointly managed by the:
We do look for advice and support from these bodies and others, including Greening Australia, Conservation Volunteers Australia, and the scientific programs of the South Australian Department for Environment and Water.
We regularly participate in Clean Up Australia Day and National Tree Day.
We also look outside our area and go on walks in National Parks and other Council Reserves.
We want to rehabilitate our section of Dry Creek to what it was like before Europeans came to Australia. We want to bring back the song birds, wrens and finches. We want to bring back native grasses, lilies, bulbs, daisies and other flowers. This is very important as native plants bring back the native butterflies, moths and bees. All of this will improve the health and wellbeing of our community, biodiversity, and the environment.
Our aim is to restore the bed of the creek to a ribbon of aquatic plants, interspersed with deep pools connected by rubble beds. The banks will be replanted with River Red Gums, Port Broughton Willow, shrubs and reeds. We want the remainder of the reserve to be planted with Mallee Box association species. Our idea is to recreate the grassy woodland that was once found along drainage lines in this area. Where there is an opportunity, native grasses, groundcovers and perennials will be replanted.
The Dry Creek Trail will meander through the trees allowing walkers and cyclists to see, feel and enjoy the experience of the creek’s vegetation. And to understand how beautiful the grassy woodland is that Dry Creek runs through.
Dry Creek Linear Park in Walkley Heights, an important piece of remnant Adelaide Plains vegetation, will be used as our reference site. It enables us to see what the Mallee Box association looks like, so we can replicate it in our area.
We have a number of objectives that we think are important:
The Friends of Dry Creek Trail