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This 25 hectare reserve is a mix of open space, recreation and bushland areas. It is used for walking, dog off lead areas, jogging, cycling and picnicking. It is managed by Banyule's Bushland Management Unit with assistance from local volunteers. If you are interested in helping out, join the Friends of Salt Creek.
James Watson bought Crown Portion Five in 1840, subdividing the land and calling it Rosanna Estate It passed through different owners before being turned into a golf course in the early 1900s.
In 1969, Heidelberg Council sold 53 acres to John Ridge and David Yencken of Merchant Builders. These two builders, understanding connections between the built and natural environments, employed architect Graham Gunn who was known for his environmentally aware design. In turn, Gunn suggested Ellis Stones as a consultant to design and develop the residential landscapes. Stones's environmental vision is responsible for the current reserve, and plaques recognising the former golf course and Ellis Stone can be found in the park.
The reserve's 2 vegetation communities are plains grassy woodland, exposed plain slope-river red gum and plains grassy woodland, terrace valley-river red gum. The remnant bushland areas have a diverse mix of indigenous species. Areas of natural interest include the Davies Street wetlands and the northern grasslands where indigenous grasses and herbs have been reintroduced.
4 species of frogs have been heard calling in the wetlands, including the common froglet, eastern banjo frog/pobblebonk, spotted marsh frog and the southern brown tree frog. Many birds and reptiles use the reserve for shelter and food, including yellow-tailed black cockatoos from August and September.
Common ringtail possum
Eastern blue tongue lizard
Gang gang cockatoo
Yellow tailed black cockatoo
Yellow-tailed black cockatoo
Eastern banjo frog/pobblebonk
Spotted marsh frog
Southern brown tree frog
River red gum
Spiny-headed mat rush
153 Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna 3084 View Map
153 Lower Plenty Road ,
What we are doing to protect the bushland habitats that provide refuge for our indigenous biodiversity.