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Sites of Biological Significance

Maroondah's Sites of Biological Significance Study identifies approximately 82 sites of biological significance on both public and private land. These sites have been protected in the Maroondah Planning Scheme under the Vegetation Protection Overlay. An additional 50 sites were also identified which are biologically significant at the local level.

The biological significance has been assessed using a scientific criteria. Sites were identified using vegetation assessment, quadrat surveys, 20 minute bird census, spotlighting, mammal hair surveys and incidental records. The biological significance of sites, habitat types and species has been assessed according to standard criteria such as ecological integrity and viability, richness and diversity, rarity, representative of a type and scientific and educational value.

Several sites were identified as State significance to high Regional significance. These properties include Hochkins Ridge Flora Reserve, Freeway Reservation Bayswater North, Cloverlea and Tereddan Drive Kilsyth South, De Felice Development Site North Bayswater and Dexters Bush Heathmont.

There are approximately 132 properties that are of municipal significance. Sites that have been identified as this rating are many, including Council managed bushland and private property. Some of these sites are:

  • Croydon Hills Environmental Living Zone
  • BJ Hubbard Reserve, Ringwood
  • Harpers Bush, Heathmont
  • Jumping Creek Valley
  • Belgrave Railway Line Corridor
  • Eastfield Golf Course, Kilsyth South
  • Yarra Valley Grammar School, Croydon Hills

There are approximately 29 sites rated at a local level and 50 miscellaneous private and public owned local level sites. Maroondah is unique in that it has many bushland reserves and significant flora and fauna in a suburban environment.

For further information refer to:

  • Sites of Biological Significance in Maroondah Study Volumes 1& 2

Copies are available by calling Council on 1300 88 22 33.

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