The "Friends of Werribee River through Bacchus Marsh" was founded in 2013 by a group of residents with the aim of restoring the biological diversity of the river by replacing invasive weed species with a variety of plants endemic to the area, providing habitat for wildlife, encouraging awareness of river health and use of the walking track within the community.

The group consists of 5 committee members (Greg Ley, Melissa Hehir, Lincoln Powell, Ben Courtice and Marika Ley) and 20-30 dedicated volunteers.

The group runs 6 planting days per year with the ongoing support of Melbourne Water, Landcare and the Moorabool Council.

To date approximately 7000 plants have been put in between the Fisken St bridge and the new Hallets Way bridge.

Friends of Werribee River
through Bacchus Marsh

We look forward to continuing success in 2018 and openly welcome new members of all ages and abilities. Join us from 9:30am till 12:30pm or part thereof for free morning tea and some planting on the following Sundays in 2018: Sun 29th April, Sun 27th May, Sun 24th June, Sun 29 July, Sun 26th August.

For more information, feel free to contact via email:; or phone the Secretary Melissa Hehir on 0400 102 666; or find us on facebook.

The main restoration areas are the section of Werribee River from Fisken St along to the new bridge at Halletts Way. This includes Peppertree Park, the Peppertree Walking Track area, and the Lions Park. See Map 18 at C4, D4, E4, F4, G4.

The Werribee River itself starts right up at Bullarto South, (Map A G2) just inside the Moorabool Shire, flowing through Ballan and Bacchus Marsh, then becoming a much larger river as it approaches Werribee.

A Friends group is a great way to meet locals, and the five or six days work in a year contributes significantly to the particular friends group activity. You can see many of these listed in this book's Clubs section and Govt-Local section.