Cook’s Tour of the Broken Creek

The Broken Boosey Conservation Management Network (CMN) held a bus trip and field day on Sunday 23rd August for the ‘Blueprint for Woodland Birds in the Broken Boosey’ project.

Sixty people boarded the bus in Nathalia for a trip along the Broken Creek Drive, with ecologist Damien Cook from Rakali Consulting providing information on local flora and fauna along the way.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority CMN Coordinator Janice Mentiplay-Smith said people from as far as Wangaratta and Melbourne enjoyed the tour and the stop overs at two Reserves on the Broken Creek.

“Local people also attended, which was fantastic as they contributed to the day by providing lots of stories and facts of local history of the region,” Ms Mentiplay-Smith said.  “Having the locals along really added to the day, as we ended up talking about the human as well as the natural history of the Broken Creek.

“The day focused on the acacias of the region, and it was a perfect time of year to visit Wrights Reserve and Narioka Reserve, as the flowering was in full force. 

“Damien Cook spoke about the local ecology, the role of acacias in the ecosystem, and the many uses that Aboriginal people had for acacias over thousands of years,” she said. 

Ms Mentiplay-Smith thanked Mortimer’s Bus Company, Doug Diment and team from Murph’s Roving Roasts for a delicious lunch, and ecologist Damien Cook for leading the field walks.

The ‘Blueprint for Woodland Birds in the Broken Boosey’ project is supported by the Goulburn Broken CMA through funding from the Victorian Government’s Communities for Nature program.

For more information please contact Janice Mentiplay-Smith on 5764 7506 / 0418316169 or email

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Wrights Reserve - Cooks Tour field day

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