ABOUT THE ALPHINGTON
The Alphington Wetlands is located
on the flood plain of the Yarra River at the southern
end of Alphington Park and on the adjacent privately
owned land at 1 View Street (Melways Ref 31C12).
Before European settlement, this
area was the home of the traditional owners, the
Wurundjeri-willam people. The floodplain adjacent
to the Yarra River was extensively cleared for
farming and little of the original bush remains.
It has been recently replanted with many of the
trees, shrubs and grasses which are indigenous
to the area and a wetlands system created, which
is fed by natural rainfall and the stormwater
from the nearby streets and houses.
The Alphington Wetlands is a collaborative
project involving the South Alphington and Fairfield
Civic Association (SAFCA) Inc, City of Yarra,
Kate Herd of 1 View Street, and local residents.
It was established in 1998 and has been developed
with funding assistance from Parks Victoria, Melbourne
Water, Greening Australia (Victoria), Australia's
Open Garden Scheme and the City of Yarra.
The site also contains the remains
of the Alphington Swimming Pool, which was built
by local residents in the 1920s and was a focus
of community life until the 1960s.