The Proposed Wetland
Blue-billed Duck update - 9 April 2021
After receiving reports of Blue-billed Duck breeding at the dam our ecologist, Ecocentric Environmental Consulting, has since visited the site and pleasingly confirmed the presence of a Blue-billed Duckling on the site. Development Victoria commenced undertaking regular assessments of the site in 2014 and this is the first recorded evidence of a Blue-billed Duckling at the existing dam.
Development Victoria’s ecologist has continued to monitor the site and has reported that despite the single Blue-billed Duckling, it appears the species does not routinely breed at the existing dam. Development Victoria will continue to attend the site to monitor the behaviour of the duckling and ensure there are no works being undertaken on site which could impact any potential duck breeding. The full ecological reports are available on this website in the resources tab.
It remains Development Victoria’s priority to protect and enhance the natural habitat for the endangered Blue-billed Duck. After an assessment of the existing dam, it is evident that there is potential risk of collapse. The proposed wetland design allows Development Victoria to ensure safe community access to the site and will provide an improved habitat for local fauna.
- The protection and enhancement of the natural habitat, including that of the endangered Blue-billed Duck.
- The identification of an effective stormwater management solution to reduce the risk of flooding and appropriately treat stormwater to prevent any potential contamination of Blind Creek.
- Ensuring that any water body on site can be integrated into the overall development and accessible to the community.
Knoxfield Wetland Proposal Seminar - September 2020Development Victoria has released a webinar of the evidence base in support of our decision to develop a new wetland on the Knoxfield site.
The proposed new wetland will enhance the current flora and fauna, address the safety issues of the current purpose-built dam, address stormwater management and provide an accessible and safe experience for the community.
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