Wodonga Council
Our Natural Environment

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Our Natural Environment

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Our natural areas are home to a diverse and interesting range of plants, animals and fungi. This includes common favourites, like parrots, echidnas and kangaroos to threatened species like the squirrel glider, diamond firetails, broad shelled turtles, koalas or platypus.

Local natural areas also provide opportunities for connections to nature when walking and relaxing by the river, enjoying the vistas and nature-based recreation on the hills or traversing the city via creek lines and vegetated pathways. They connect our urban communities to larger reserves and parklands.

Did you know?

  • Our natural areas are made up of large woodland reserves, rural properties, waterways, roadsides and scattered large old trees in conjunction with extensive tree plantings and urban parklands.

  • Our region is home to 338 native animal and 510 native plant species. 51 of these are listed as threatened species.

  • The Murray River and its floodplain is a critical environmental asset of national significance. 

  • Natural areas, particularly waterways, are often places of high Aboriginal cultural significance, providing connections with the local Aboriginal history, language, and knowledge. 

  • Our environment is under threat from impacts of urban development, pest plants and animals, climate change and declining quality of native vegetation.

What Wodonga Council is doing

The Regional Natural Environment Strategy sets out Wodonga Council’s role in the following areas.

  • Protect, maintain and improve areas under council care and control.
  • Improve the integration of biodiversity conservation into planning policy.
  • Improve our knowledge.
  • Provide resources and support to volunteers and residents.

Wodonga Council has care and control over a large number of bushland reserves and as such also has an important role to play in bushfire planning and preparedness.

Fact sheets

Check out a reserve near you

Some reserves are small strips of remnant native bush along former roads, while others are larger areas. All are vital for the survival of our local species, including those in danger of becoming extinct. You can enjoy many activities without disturbing nature in the reserves.

See what reserves are near you on our local reserves page.