In 1858 John Sharp Adams buys what is now the Alphington side of the parklands. He builds Ivy Cottage and Rockleigh farmhouse and establishes a farm with olive trees, an orchard and vineyard, as well as cows, pigs and carriage horses.
Developing the Home Cats, Safe Cats, Safe Wildlife project, supported by the RSPCA and Cat Protection Society, to encourage responsible pet ownership…
We develop an information leaflet and fridge magnet and deliver it to hundreds of households around the park. Banyule and Darebin Council back the project. Darebin delivers the leaflet to all cat owners in the municipality and Banyule puts it on its website.
In 2004 we begin the $60,000 Westpac Hidden Valley project. Working with ranger Peter Wiltshire to a landscape plan designed by DPA member Dave Mitchell, we restore pre-European vegetation to the area.
DPA members and other volunteers contribute the equivalent of $40,000 in labour over two years.
In January 2006, the Australian Platypus Conservancy records a platypus sighting just north of the parklands.
Wildlife including native fish, flying foxes, reptiles, frogs, tortoises, possums and more than 70 species of birds, some endangered, now live in the park.
Kangaroos have moved in. Experts predict that koalas will follow.
But wait theres more… 2008 Banyule Volunteer Group of the Year Award 2011 Victorian Landcare Awards, finalist, Community Group section 2011 Victorian Landcare Awards, finalist, Urban Landcare section Victorian Landcare Long Service Honour Roll, Sue Course, founder, nominee 2011 Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities Award, finalist, Community Action category 2011 Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities Awards, finalist, Community Leadership category
Based on historical research by Sue Course Photography by Chris Bailey The collection of Sue and Laurie Course Anthony Jones Michael Mann Graeme Martin Isabelle Renaudin Peter Wiltshire From Little Things Big Things Grow courtesy of Paul Kelly