The Five Mile Creek runs through the centre of Woodend township and is a major public open-space asset for the community. The creek catchment supports a range of threatened flora, fauna and vegetation communities and, in particular, the Black Gum of which the only known occurrence in Victoria is at Woodend.
Woodend Landcare and its predecessor ‘Friends of Five Mile Creek’ have been working along Five Mile Creek for more than 20 years, primarily on woody and other weed control, and revegetation. In the past eight years, at least 20 working bees have involved the larger community and schools in bringing the creek back to a healthier waterway, and about 12,000 indigenous plants have been put in the ground.
Woodend Landcare needs help to maintain the work done to date and to further improve the creek. It would like to see the wider community and stakeholders engaged in helping to enhance and restore five Mile Creek. It hence initiated the development of a ‘Community Involvement Plan’ for the Five Mile Creek from Romsey Road to Gregory Street, Woodend. The plan compliments and updates the ‘Waterway Action Plan’ developed by North Central Catchment Management Authority in 2004.
The community involvement plan outlines a vision, as identified by stakeholders and community, to improve the Five Mile Creek. It also addresses the important issue of ongoing management and maintenance responsibilities for on-ground works that are undertaken along the creek. In doing so it identifies the level of involvement that people and groups are prepared to commit.