Toomuc Creek reserve area is of significant local importance from a conservation and recreational perspective. The linear nature of Toomuc Creek Reserve gives it vital status as a north-south habitat corridor, of which there are very few in the growth corridor regions around the Pakenham Township (Brown, 2005). Very little of the original Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland Ecological Vegetation Class (EVC) still exists within the Gippsland Plains Bioregion, giving it a conservation status of endangered. This gives the site a clear local significance, with the likely presence of the Growling Grass Frog (Litoria raniformis) also indicating regional importance (Brown, 2005). The Growling Grass Frog is ‘vulnerable’ in Australia and ‘endangered’ in Victoria (Brown, 2005).
Cardinia Council recognises the need for careful management of the area, and has identified a number of areas requiring management. These include:
- Native vegetation, including introduced eucalypts, grasslands and revegetation;
- Native fauna, to increase the habitat potential and retain current value;
- Pest plants such as pines and weeds;
- Pest fauna monitoring;
- Land use;
- recreation use;
- sporting complex and reserve management;
- litter and vadalism;
- water quality;
- community involvment; and
- future requirements such as grants.
For further detail on this, please click on the Cardinia Toomuc Creek Reserve Master Plan.
If you would like to become involved with a Toomuc Creek community group please find details below.
Toomuc Valley Landcare Group – Pakenham Upper