Wildlife Waterhole reborn with support from Lara District Community Bank and the Lions Club of Lara

Tuesday 8 October, 2019

A wetland habitat for birds at Serendip Sanctuary has been rejuvenated following a $27,000 contribution from Lara District Community Bank and the Lions Club of Lara.

Officially re-opened today, the ‘Wildlife Waterhole’ recreates a natural habitat for a range of birdlife, including wading and diving birds, and also plants, fish and other small animals. The waterhole is also a key educational feature for the many school groups and visitors to Serendip Sanctuary.

In addition to construction of a new pond, the planting of native vegetation and landscaping, the upgrade includes an automated filtration system that will save Parks Victoria staff time and resources to maintain the health of the water feature.

Serendip Sanctuary is visited by more than 150 species of birds, including for breeding and rearing young. In addition to birdlife, the sanctuary is home to emus, wallabies, kangaroos and lizards.

Tens-of-thousands people visit Serendip Sanctuary each year, including during school holidays when Parks Victoria runs its free ranger-led Junior Rangers program. Visitors enjoy its network of trails through woodland and wetland environments to view the remarkable birdlife that includes brolgas, tawny frogmouths, bush stone-curlews, and a variety of ducks, geese, swamphens and moorhens.

Parks Victoria is currently exploring potential options to revitalise Serendip Sanctuary. The local community and visitors can share their thoughts by visiting the Engage Victoria website: https://engage.vic.gov.au/future-investment-you-yangs-and-serendip-sanctuary

Serendip Sanctuary is open from 8am to 4pm every day except for Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Quotes attributable to Paul Wallace, District Manager, Parks Victoria:

“Serendip Sanctuary is a much-loved community asset that provides a unique learning experience for thousands of visitors and school children every year.

This experience has been given a boost thanks to the generous support of Lara District Community Bank and the Lions Club of Lara.”

Quotes attributable to Andrew Hilliard, Chairman–Lara District Community Bank:

“Lara District Community Bank is very proud of the support we have been able to provide to Serendip Sanctuary.  

The sanctuary has been part of the Lara Community for just on sixty years and today’s upgrade provides a revitalised experience for local community members as well as bringing tourists to our region.  

Our role as a Community Bank is to strengthen the communities in which we operate and enhancing the visitor experience to Serendip is a perfect way to support the broader community.

The fact that the wetland ecosystem is used by school groups as a learning centre that demonstrates both the beauty and importance of healthy wetlands to maintaining a diversity of wildlife was a key factor in our decision to support this project.”

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