Archive:  Daly Nature Reserve, Gisborne

Last Updated  6/2/15



Contact: or by phone to 0439 365 068.  See also Save Daly Nature Reserve Again on Facebook



UPDATE   Friends of Daly Nature Reserve Haven't Gone Away

(23/9/14 - C)  Message from Friends of DNR: events, celebrations, corrections

Friends of Daly Nature Reserve are still working hard to secure an environmentally positive future for Daly Nature Reserve in perpetuity. 

Daly Nature Reserve

(28/5/14 - C)   Environmental Management Plan and associated Documents  

Friends of Daly Nature Reserve have asked if MRRA can help out by posting documents relating to the preparation of an Environmental Management Plan for the Reserve on our website, and of course we are pleased to help.  At this stage (more may be added) you can access the following (which apparently have been exhibited or are in the public domain) in pdf form:


draft Environmental Management Plan 2014

draft Preliminary Cultural Heritage Assessment

Early Years Hub Feasibility Study 2012

Macedon Ranges Pre Contact Pilot Study Part 1

Macedon Ranges Pre Contact Pilot Study Part 2

Macedon Ranges Open Space Plan 1999 Vol 1

Macedon Ranges Open Space Plan 1999 Vol 2


Caution:  some of these are VERY large files (up to 6mb) and will take time to download.



Working Bee at Gisborne's Daly Reserve 28 April

(23/4/13-RA-P)  Amazing environmental finds, and now the work starts to protect this important nature reserve 


News from the Friends of Daly Nature Reserve:


The flora and fauna study of UL Daly Nature Reserve has exceeded 100 indigenous species being identified so far. They are mostly plant species, but it also includes animals, birds, dragonflies, butterflies, moths, spiders, etc, and three spider-hunting wasps! It is expected for this number to rise and we hope to reach 200 species in the near future.


The Friends of Daly Nature Reserve will be part of the Jacksons Creek EcoNetwork, which is a network of Landcare and Friends Groups who care for the environment along Jacksons Creek and its tributaries.


After consultation with Michelle Patrick and Paul Gray from Macedon Ranges Shire Council, The Friends of Daly Nature Reserve group is very proud to announce that the first working bee will be held onSunday, 28th April 2013 from 10am to approximately 4pm (or any part thereof that people are able to be involved) and we will provide a bbq lunch in the Reserve. Please bring sturdy shoes, gloves and a water bottle.


We have amazing remnant vegetation in UL Daly Nature Reserve. Emphasis for first working bee will be gorse, broom and pine seedlings (woody weeds). Removal of these weeds can enable the indigenous vegetation to flourish.


Get to know your neighbours by learning about the local flora and fauna together and have fun while looking after our beautiful UL Daly Nature Reserve.


Anyone interested in helping on the day is asked to RSVP for catering purposes to or by phone to 0439 365 068.


Membership forms will be available on the day.  Annual membership fees will be set at $5 for adults, and $2 for juniors and students under 25 years old.


Thank you


Early Years Hub, Daly Reserve, Gisborne

(17/10/12 - C)   How to impress no-one.  Read the report...

Plenty has been written about the outcome and standard of decision-making that underpins Council's decision to put an Early Years Hub in a nature reserve, and to MRRA's knowledge, not one word of it has been kind. 


Residents have told us it is difficult to get hold of the feasibility study that the decision was based on.  Apparently it's only available as an attachment to the Council agenda for the night the decision was made (29 August 2012 meeting, Attachment to Agenda Item CW5).  We've grabbed it from there so you can find it and download it.  Click here to go to the Macedon Ranges Shire Council Gisborne Early Years Feasibility Study.  Warning:  this is a large 2.8 mb file.


MRRA Says:

Bad decision, bad process.  And from what we've heard, it may not be long before the feasibility study gets a 'bad' in front of it as well.


This isn't just about a bad decision, there are deeper implications in how this whole thing came about.  We've expressed our concerns elsewhere with how Council is operating, and unless the 'cause' (as in cause and effect) is addressed, we fear these types of decisions will keep happening.