Kananook Creek Gardens Vision Plan

Share your vision for the Kananook Creek Gardens Vision Plan

The Kananook Creek Garden vision plan is being developed by Frankston City Council, in partnership with the community, local residents, park users and the Traditional Owners, the Bunurong People.

Community Event

When? Saturday 15 May, 10.30am to 12 noon

What? Share your vision for the Kananook Creek Gardens, over coffee, lemon myrtle tea and scone

Where? Broughton Reserve (adjacent to the Seaford Community Centre)

What is the Kananook Creek Gardens Vision Plan about?

Celebrating local flora and fauna (8MB)

The site has significant ecological value. This element of the Vision Plan is about undertaking ecological and vegetation work to showcase the area’s significant pre-colonisation native plants.

Acknowledging Traditional Owners, the Bunurong People (8MB)

The relationship between Kananook Creek and its Traditional Owners and custodians will be acknowledged, celebrated and maintained by sharing stories and cultural events.

Preserving ecological and cultural heritage (7MB)

Research partnerships and education will promote appreciation, and a desire to preserve this place for generations to come.

Enhancing connection to Kananook Creek (7MB)

Enhancements will be constructed to allow us to enjoy the creek and its surrounding natural beauty.

Investing in park amenity and character (8MB)

Landscape improvements have the potential to create a unified landscape character, strengthen the identity of the park and create a memorable experience for all.

More Information

View the key priorities (8MB)

View the draft concept plan (9MB)

How can I have my say?

If you are unable to make our community event, you can provide feedback via the below resources:

The results of our community engagement process will be made available in a report, at the end of the 20/21 financial year.

 Kananook Creek by Drone Jan 2021

About Kananook Creek

Kananook Creek runs for 7.5 km, parallel to the coastline, linking the Seaford Wetlands to the Frankston Foreshore. The creek reserve is home to many Indigenous plants and animals and is one of Frankston's most beautiful natural environments, providing a unique and picturesque place for people to commune with nature in the midst of our urban landscape.

 Eagle on Kananook Creek

The History of Kananook Creek

Kananook Creek was an important source of fish and eels for the Bunurong people. There is still evidence of their activities along the banks of Kananook Creek. A plaque, located near the mouth of the creek, commemorates a meeting in 1803 between a party of 14 Aborigines and the first white visitor, Charles Grimes.

Kananook Creek was a natural outlet of the Carrum Carrum Swamp, which lay behind the coastal dunes from Mordialloc to Frankston. To reclaim the land for agriculture in the 1870s, Patterson River was cut to drain the swamp. As a consequence, water supply into Kananook Creek was reduced and the water quality was negatively impacted.

Today the water quality is maintained by pumping saltwater into the creek from Patterson Lakes. From early settlement, Kananook Creek was the centre of the fishing and boat building industries upon which Frankston was founded.

In the early 1900s most of the reserve north of Mile Bridge and on the eastern side of the creek was subject to sand mining. Some of the dunes were mined out and indigenous plant communities destroyed. 

Recent Conservation Work

The Kananook Creek Association (KCA) was formed in 1970 by a group of local residents who have worked tirelessly in collaboration with Frankston City Council and Melbourne Water on a systematic restoration program for the reserve.

In November 1988 a major wildfire destroyed a large section of the northern part of the reserve. After the fire, the KCA began work on initiating and restoring the walking tracks throughout the reserve with extraordinary contributions from Allan and Yvonne Sisson, who developed a sustainable system to restore the reserve.

Volunteers have spent countless hours over the years working to restore the bushland and creek environment in the reserve. As a result of their efforts, the reserve is once again becoming a beautiful natural area that provides habitat for local flora and fauna, and a place of peace and relaxation for the local community. In 1996, the reserve received Land for Wildlife Status.

 Samer at Kananook Creek, Seaford March 2021

Project Timeline

 What  When
 Community Consultation  April to June 2021
 Consideration of Community Feedback & Community Engagement Report  June 2021
 Community Consultation - Draft Final Concept Plan for review  July 2021
 Council adoption of Final Concept Plan  July 2021
 Construction  February to June 2022

 

Acknowledgements

Bunurong Land council Aboriginal Corporation at https://www.bunuronglc.org/

If you would like to learn more about the work of Allan and Yvonne Sisson, a small online tribute page can be found at https://allanandvonne.wordpress.com/

You can also learn more about the KCA and the creek at:

kananookcreekassociation.org

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