New reserve protects endangered species

Yuroke MP Ros Spence, Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio and Hume mayor Carly Moore. (Supplied)

A new conservation reserve has been established in Mickleham this week, aimed at protecting critically endangered plants and animals.

The Banda Bail Reserve was officially opened by Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio on Wednesday.

Banda Bail means ‘Sleepy Red Gum’ and is the name given by Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung elders.

The 4.9 hectare reserve will enable residents, visitors and future generations to learn about and appreciate that part of Country.

Ms D’Ambrosio said the reserve would protect Australian plants and animals.

“Establishing the Banda Bail Reserve will help safeguard our unique animals and plants and provide Victorians and visitors with space to enjoy the outdoors and connect with nature,” she said.

“This is a wonderful example of our government, local council, Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and urban developers working together to create better environmental outcomes.”

Hume mayor Carly Moore said the reserve was a site that will allow Mickleham residents to learn about Country.

The reserve will be managed by Hume council and the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Aboriginal Corporation and will protect native plants and animals including Grassy Eucalypt Woodland and the Golden Sun Moth.