Friends Of Sassafras Creek

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Key Threats to  Streams of the Dandenongs

Healthy creeks are critical for our environment, our aquatic creatures, fish, birds, flora and fauna.

You are invited to learn more about what is happening in Sassafras Creek and other waterways in the Dandenong Ranges from an expert in the field:

Dr. Chris Walsh

School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences

University of Melbourne

Tuesday 19th February, 7.30 to 9.00pm at the Monbulk Hub

21 Main St Monbulk. Attendance is free,

Enter from Moores Rd.

For more information call Jane Hollands on 0412 101 128

or email  [email protected]

If fire danger rating is CODE RED the talk will be postponed.

Image shows stormwater outfall channel near Sassafras


Thanks to all FOSC members for all their work this year!

FOSC Has has continued it's work along Sassafras and Perrins Creek in 2018.


Melbourne Water Community Grants - 2017/18 grant ($,1480). Weed Work upstream between track edge and the creek towards the headwaters of   Sassafras Creek.

Melbourne Water Community Grants - 2018/19 grant ($5,555) Lyrebird Falls, for work between carpark and creek. Lyrebird Falls has offered a  donation on $1,000 towards these works but the funds have not been received as yet.

Melbourne Water Support Grant - 2018 ($660) and 2019 ($621.50).

Parks Vic Volunteer Support Activity Grant - 2018/19 for materials/repairs ($350).

Port Phillip and Westernport CMA Grant -  2017/18 for Works in the Perrins Creek headwaters.  This work is now completed.


Sunday Working Bees are on the fourth Sunday of each month.


9th Lyrebird Survey 24th June + breakfast and walk in Sherbrooke Forest.

Small Mammal Survey November 2018 along Perrins Creek + breakfast at Beagleys Bridge.

Night Walk in the Secret Garden - December 2018 + pizzas on the grass.

Community Day with Yarra Ranges Council at Sassafras Village Green to inform residents of works to install tanks to reduce stormwater-runoff entering Sassafras Creek. Works to begin February 2019.

FOSC continues to work with Yarra Ranges Council, Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria, Community Weed Alliance of the Dandenongs and other local environment groups.


With the announcement of the 2019 Oxfam Trailwalker event to be held along the Sassafras Creek, there have been discussions with Parks Victoria and Oxfam at which FOSC expressed its concern about the negative impact of the event on the fragile riparian zone. Parks Victoria have continued with works along the track with many of the bridges and walkways being upgraded.

FOSC Youtube Channel

Bill Incoll of Monbulk Landcare has made an excellent real time video walk-through survey of the Sassafras Creek Walking Track, Tom sourced the map data and mapped the GPS track Bill recorded, Mike did the video post production and we have published all 16 parts of this on our new  FOSC Youtube Channel. Check it out here  You need to click the "Show More"  link at the bottom of the page to find all the videos and select which you want to view.

Our first event this year will be a talk by Dr Chris Walsh on the health of Sassafras Creek (See details top of page).

We look forward to you support in 2019.