WRivA formed a partnership with the City of Wyndham in 2018 to create the ‘Friends of Cobbledick’s Ford (FOCF), working in the Cobbledick’s Ford Reserve, accessible by Doherty’s Rd Mount Cottrell, or by a ford over the Werribee River off Cobbledick’s Ford Road from Quandong.
Prior to that, the Werribee River Association (WRivA) had been involved with the future of Cobbledick’s Ford for many years:
- Being involved in community information sessions with like-minded groups and individuals
- Conducting walks and talk in the Cobbledick’s Ford Reserve
- Contributing to the Cobbledick’s Ford masterplan
- Platypus observational surveys
- Birdlife observations
- Environmental flow observations
- Wild Dog Gully exploration
- Interest in the Parks Victoria Grassland Reserve
- Litter clean-ups
- Revegetation and rehabilitation
The FOCF aim to introduce more volunteers and ideas to the work required at Cobbledick’s Ford Reserve and is beginning its work with a revegetation initiative with the City of Wyndham and the first year of funding from Melbourne Water.
Our inaugural event was a success on Thursday 17 May 2018, attracting 30+ volunteers and planting 500-600 tube stock of native grass in conjunction with Wyndham Council.
The planting was followed by a walk along the river with information provided by WRivA and City of Wyndham crew members.
Our second planting on Friday 22 June 2018 attracted more volunteers, including Hungry Jacks staff, Gen-U, and a range of new volunteers.
These working bees and field days have continued up to the present, and have been instrumental in raising awareness of Cobbledick’s Ford Reserve, and its natural features.
FOCF now conducts these events every second Friday of the month, & old and new friends are very welcome.