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Green Street Retarding Basin

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published February 7th 2020
You will retain what you see here
There are over 200 flood retaining basins in Melbourne. Many have been developed as parkland or as walking paths and this is one of them. Their purpose is to retain water after heavy rain to prevent flooding further downstream.

Walk entrance sign.
The entrance from Taylor Street.

There is a small stream running through this one with a wide formed path around the perimeter rim.

gravel path
The wide gravel path.

First impression is that it is not well maintained, but many new plantings of shrubs and grasses became evident along the paths which shows someone cares.

planted grasses
Some of the newly planted shrubs and grasses.

Near the end of the basin, a bridge crosses the stream, so a walk on both sides is possible. The area can be accessed from both ends.

bridge
The bridge across the tiny stream.


tree bark
De-barking trees always interesting.

The circuit walk is about one kilometre and was full of surprises. The first surprise was a large tree near the entrance in Taylor Street. Close inspection revealed a multitude of acorns growing on it. It was an oak tree.

acorns
These acorns attracted my attention.


Oak tree
The giant oak tree.

Further surprises were splashes of colour belonging to flowers, unexpected as it was not spring. Some were small and others were very small.

flower
One of the small flowers.


flower
An even smaller one.

My go-to for native flower identification is Kuranga Native Nursery in Mt. Evelyn. They quickly identified a sweet bursaria shrub and sedge grass.

sweet bursaria
The sweet bursaria shrub.


sedge
The sedge plant.

I saw six other colourful specimens but they were not identified as native. The most colourful was a mass of Watfonia.

Watfonia
A non-native watfonia.

Another surprise was a nesting box, attached high up in a large gum tree. These nesting boxes are appearing in a few parks and reserves, which means someone is caring for our fauna.

nesting box.
A safe retreat.

It is not a quiet walk as the gravel and crushed bluestone path crunches underfoot. That could be a bit of a challenge for wheelchairs, although it is mostly level with only one sloping part.

The path gives a slightly elevated view of 'valley' where the stream runs, although on my visit very little water was evident.

rushes & reeds
A large area of rushes and reeds.

Towards the downstream end it expands into areas of reeds and rushes, no doubt hiding some fauna.

rush bush
A single rush.


reeds
Reeds and new plantings.

The loud crunching from the path may have been the reason I saw few birds, with only one rainbow lorikeet coming close enough to photograph.

lorikeet
The lone lorikeet.

The area is well treed and quite dense in the lower parts.

spiky grass
Look but don't touch.


grass
Native grass specimen

At one end, posts with measurement markings would give the depth of water when flooded. The general appearance gives the impression that it has been a long time since any flooding occurred.

Depth indicators
The depth indicators.

This would make an interesting and easy walk with plenty to see if you look closely. The best place to park is in Taylor Street, which is on the corner of Green Street.
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Why? An interesting walk if you look for detail.
When: anytime
Where: Green Street, Mooroolbark. Melway map: 38. B.12.
Cost: Free
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