Litter Hotspots projects - parks and recreation

At the top of Melbourne's catchment, rivers provide natural habitats for platypus, fish and birds. These areas are under pressure from the impacts of urbanisation. Several Litter Hotspots projects engaged with local communities to protect these places for everyone to enjoy.

'Protecting Natural Habitats' video


Parks and recreation projects and resources

The table below outlines the parks and recreations projects. Please click on the links for further information and to read the project case studies.



3rd Croydon Scout Group: Yarra Litter Removal Program  A Yarra River capacity-building project aimed at supporting the 3rd Croydon Scout Group (in partnership with Melbourne Water's River Health team) to operate and manage an ongoing canoe litter removal program along the Yarra River from Wonga Park/Lilydale through to Warrandyte. 
Maroondah City Council: My Mullum Mullum Creek  Maroondah City Council received two rounds of Litter Hotspots funding to improve the water quality of the Mullum Mullum and Taralla Creeks by reducing litter and dog waste on two popular recreational parks using a combination of community engagement, infrastructure and enforcement. 
Nillumbik Shire Council: Ramp up litter prevention - Eltham Skate Park This project aimed to reduce the amount of litter entering the Diamond Creek from Eltham Skate Park and the Bridge Street underpass. The project involved the installation of new bins and vibrant student-driven artwork in public spaces, education and engagement and monitoring activities. The campaign also raised awareness of the impacts of litter on local waterways and platypuses.
Plastic Bag Free Warburton: Litter Prevention Program The Plastic Bag Free Warburton initiative was developed to reduce the amount of plastic bag litter entering the Upper Yarra River, and the overall amount of plastic litter in the local community. The project partnered with local groups and businesses to deliver community education programs, support traders, develop plastic bag alternatives and conduct tourist promotional and educational activities. 
Yarra Ranges Shire Council: Communities for Platypus - Litter Free Towns  This was a community capacity building program that aimed to reduce litter and stormwater pollution entering the Yarra River at Warburton and its tributaries in Belgrave and Healesville, using a combination of education, infrastructure and enforcement strategies. Yarra Ranges Shire Council also established litter-free townships groups to support further action and drive town-specific interventions. 

Last updated: 20/05/2020