Established in 1995, Wirraminna is set on an old stock reserve and public watering place. As you walk around the 4 hectare park, you will pass a large dam, wetlands, natural woodland and native garden beds. These features offer a great diversity of native plants and wildlife habitat found in Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands.
Developed and maintained by local volunteers, Wirraminna presents a model for local Landcare projects that aim to restore native vegetation and wetlands on farms to redress problems of declining biodiversity. The gardens and natural woodland contain many locally rare native shrubs, wildflowers and grasses which attract a range of animals such as native bees, frogs around the waterways, skinks, many bird species, possums and the threatened Squirrel Glider.
Discovery and Learning Centre
In 2005 Wirraminna received financial support from the Australian Government’s Regional Partnerships program, which with matching local support enabled the construction of a rammed earth building, which has greatly increased our capacity to provide educational resources and displays. This Discovery Centre is used for school and community activities and provides display, teaching and storage resources for regional schools and the Wirraminna volunteers. A newly installed aquarium display of native fish has provided an exciting new window on the aquatic environment of the Murray-Darling Basin.
Over 2000 primary school children visit Wirraminna annually, from schools throughout the region. It also provides a popular outing for clubs and organisations in the district, and many locals and visitors to the region call in to explore the gardens and learn about our local environment. Extensive interpretative signage around the park tells the environment story.
The Centre is continually evolving and improving our story of the beauty and interest of our natural environment and how it can be protected and enhanced.
Developed and maintained by local volunteers, Wirraminna presents a model for local Landcare projects that aim to restore native vegetation and wetlands on farms to redress problems of declining biodiversity.
Our volunteers work every Wednesday and we always value people who can help Wirraminna looking great.
We have been State and National winners of the Landcare Education Award. The achievements at Wirraminna have inspired many other local organisations and schools to make better use of their grounds for environmental education as well as participate in our award winning programs.