Blackburn Lake Sanctuary is one of the few significant remaining natural bushland reserves in Melbourne and the best-known bushland park in the City of Whitehorse. With its high quality indigenous bushland, lake and wetlands, extensive walking-tracks and informative Visitor Centre, Blackburn Lake Sanctuary is a living reference to the natural and cultural history of the district.
Schools and the general community enjoy excellent learning opportunities through the Sanctuary’s well respected Environment Education Program.
An important environmental asset for residents of Whitehorse and the wider Melbourne Metropolitan Area, Blackburn Lake Sanctuary is just that – a sanctuary, a place of protected habitat for plants and animals.
Visitors are asked to respect Blackburn Lake Sanctuary’s bushland and wildlife in order to preserve this precious asset for future generations.
On Saturday the 21St October, 25 Fisher and Paykel employees and family members gathered to volunteer their time to remove weeds and help conserve the bushland at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary- a park located a 5 minute walk from our Australian Headquarters in Nunawading. Armed with buckets, bins, gloves and wheelbarrows the team spent a fun morning mulching and removing Briza and other weeds at a patch of ground adjacent to The Landing.
The team enjoyed hearing from the co-ordinators overseeing our work about the flora and fauna of the Sanctuary as well as some insights into local weed species and their control. With the Sanctuary so close to the office many staff indicated that they would definitely be back to enjoy the walking tracks, lake views and playground.
On October 8th, another Bird survey was completed. These surveys are carried out twice a year at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary the in Spring and Autumn seasons.
This most recent survey was conducted and lead by Ian, Greg and Geoff with approximately 29 people attending in total. As for the birds, there were a total of 36 different species either seen, heard or both, as the group made their way around the lake.
As this is a biannual event, we will be dedicating a space on the website for the survey results.
On Saturday 30th April, the newly designed Visitor Centre entrance was unveiled by the Mayor of Whitehorse Cr. Phillip Daw. The new design has transformed the once old building into a magnificent structure taking inspiration from the beak of the Wedge-tailed Eagle.
A special thank you to those who put so much time and effort into the project, and for everyone who came to the ceremony to celebrate in this milestone achievement for the sanctuary.
Recently we had the opening of the Yarning Circle at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary.