Silurian Cliff Area
Description: A regionally significant exposed Silurian cliff adjacent to the former Kodak site (now Coburg Hill) is the dominant landform at this site. (Source: Victorian resources online: Port Phillip and Westernport: Site 16 Site 16 Kodak, Coburg – Cliff of Melbourne Formation). This area also has considerable habitat value, with seven remnant species identified in the area. One of these species, Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp connata, is the only remnant specimen found in the Moreland municipality. A mature River Red-gum located at the base of the cliff provides good hollows previously used by nesting Red-rumped Parrots. (Source: B.J. Bainbridge, J.M. Bush and M.A. Faithfull, 1998. Moreland Remnant Vegetation Assessment (prepared for Moreland City Council by the Merri Creek Management Committee). FoEC has restored Creekline Tussock Grassland (EVC645) habitat immediately below the Silurian cliff and Riparian Floodplain Woodland (EVC56) further upstream along the western bank of the Creek. Works have sought to maintain and enhance the surrounding view lines of the impressive Silurian escarpment and improve the environmental context of this feature. Removal of willows and their replacement with indigenous bank-binding species have also helped stabilise the Creek bank and improve the overall riparian habitat in the area.
Funding: Melbourne Water Community Grants program, with matching funding and complimentary work from the Moreland City Council’s maintenance allocation and a Commonwealth Caring For Our Country grant administered by the Merri Creek Management Committee.