Parwan Landcare

Working together to improve the environment, land management and biodiversity of Parwan

See the Parwan Landcare Group website for information including plant and bird lists for the area as well as project, community activities and contact details.

The district of Parwan is situated on the volcanic plains to the west of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. The area is close to the township of Bacchus Marsh and is bounded to the north by the impressive Parwan Volcanic Gorge where the Werribee river cuts through the ancient lava flows as it leaves the Bacchus Marsh flood plains.

Local landholders and community members have come together to form The Parwan Landcare Group to work together to improve the environment, land management and biodiversity of Parwan. The group recently undertook a community rabbit control project, and has recently been successful in attracting a Communities for Nature grant to support restoration works along the Parwan gorge section of the Werribee river, upstream to the junction of the Parwan Creek.

For more details on the group's work and for information on joining, contact Kate Tubbs, Secretary, on 5367 4462 or email

Parwan Gorge Restoration

The restoration and rehabilitation of the Parwan Gorge is our major project. It will protect rare remnant indigenous vegetation. This includes plants of state and regional significance such as the Werribee River Blue Box. The Gorge is an important wildlife corridor from Djerriwarrh Creek and the Long Forest in the north to Pinkerton and Eynesbury forests to the south. It provides important flyways for native birds.

The LeadWest Werribee River Biolink Plan states: "the Parwan volcanic gorge is an important wildlife has regional biodiversity significance...It is important to continue the Parwan Gorge recovery project ....because the Parwan escarpment is uniquely significant as the only one in the region dominated by Moonah (Melaleuca lanceolata) It also supports rare species such as Pale Twin Leaf, Indian weed and Austral Tobacco. Koalas frequently move through the Parwan Gorge and it is home to many birds such as the diamond fire-tail, brown and peregrine falcons and nankeen nightheron. White bellied sea eagles and wedge-tailed eagles are also regular visitors to the Parwan Gorge..."

We are busy with the removal of weeds, rabbit harbour and the growing and planting of indigenous plants by volunteers, community work participants and contractors.

We are grateful for funding through the Victorian Government's Communities for Nature program and from the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Authority Community Grants. We are thankful for the support to the project from Southern Rural Water, Moorabool Shire Council, Melton City Council, Melbourne Water, Moorabool Landcare Network and the Port Philllip and Westernport Catchment Authority.

We welcome volunteer support.