Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha
Caring for the Balcombe Estuary Reserves
BERG Mt Martha – the Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha Inc. – is a friends’ group formed in 1997 to preserve and restore the bushland of the Balcombe Estuary Reserves.
Balcombe Creek, with its estuary, is the last unspoilt waterway entering the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay. The Reserves cover 44 hectares of natural bushland along the creek’s lower reaches.
The Boonerwrung, the Mornington Peninsula’s traditional owners, called the Balcombe Creek area Tji’tjin’garook – the voice of frogs.
A boardwalk and walking tracks run about 3.5 km through bushland along the south bank, from the estuary to the Nepean Highway, with two bridges to the north bank creating a circuit. At the highway, the track connects with walking tracks in The Briars Park.
Family Day at the Estuary
Sunday 25th March, 10am to 2pm
by the Balcombe Estuary Rotunda (end of Mirang Avenue)
FREE FAMILY FUN! – Bring your friends & neighbours – especially the kids
♦ Make a bush critter from wool and straw with the wonderful Baluk Arts
♦ Swap cards and yarns with ‘The Connies’ – the tramways guys
♦ Make a mini nature book with Mt Martha artist Anni Dowd
♦ Paint your world with Judi Singleton
♦ Play water games with Melbourne Water
♦ Look for creek critters with BERG Mt Martha
♦ Spot the bird with BirdLife Australia
♦ Ravishing reptiles from Moonlit Sanctuary ♦ Face painting ♦ Tai Chi
♦ Sausage sizzle
“Save our estuary – sedimentation threatens Balcombe Estuary.” CLICK HERE to listen to a 10 minute interview with BERG Mt Martha President Graham Hubbard broadcast on RPP FM on February 8th 2018.
Support BERG Mt Martha by becoming a member, and receive our two-monthly newsletter
- Make a donation.
- Make a bequest.
Another way to ensure that the natural beauty of the Balcombe Estuary and Reserves Reserves is maintained into the future is by leaving a gift to BERG Mt Martha in your will. To find out more about our Bequest program you can download a brochure or phone 0447 160 288 for a confidential discussion.
- Come to a working bee and help with weeding, mulching and planting.
- Get involved in the Waterwatch and Estuary Watch programs.
- BERG needs lots of other skills – administration, planning, financial, writing and editing, publicity, design, maintaining equipment. Contact us
What does BERG Mt Martha do?:
BERG volunteers and contractors, with help from local schools and other groups, continue to:
- remove quantities of pest plants
- plant many thousands of indigenous plants raised from local seed
- control feral animals, mainly foxes and rabbits
- build community awareness, knowledge and involvement.
CLICK HERE to view a 6 minute video about the Balcombe Estuary and BERG Mt Martha’s work.