Friends of Water Race and Quinn Reserve


Our Mission
Friends of Water Race and Quinn Reserve Inc. (FWRQR) incorporated on 11th August 1998 and is located in Mt Evelyn. The group’s main aims are:-
To restore as far as is practicable the alignment of the Water Race as a walking trail, incorporating existing roads, with linkages to the Mt Evelyn Aqueduct Walk, Warburton Trail, Lillydale Lake and Silvan Reservoir.
To enhance the environmental characteristics of the Water Race and Quinn Reserve.
To preserve and publicise the historic aspects of the Water Race. Opened in 1905, the Water Race provided the first water supply for the town of Lilydale. The Water Race formation and artifacts are included in the Shire’s Heritage Overlay. (HO255)).

One of our first achievements was working with the students and teachers of Birmingham Primary School to effect indigenous plantings and participate in a project to clean out and plant seedlings on the Puddle Dam floor. This was made possible by a grant in 1999 of $965 from Least Waste plus technical assistance from Yarra Ranges Council (YRC).
A Community Grant from Parks Victoria of $3813 in 2001 contributed to revegitation of a part of Quinn Reserve to help filter grey water runoff into Quinn Creek. A Community Development Grant from YRC of $1300 in 2007 has enabled the publication of a Water Race Trail map & brochure. This is available at the Mt Evelyn Community Link and Mt Evelyn Post Office. The brochure, printed by M4Media, gives details of the trail which is a combination of footpaths, unsealed and sealed township roads beside or close to the Water Race alignment.
Over the years of 2013, 14, 15,16,17 & 18 we have received grants totaling $46,170 under Melbourne Water’s River Health Incentives Program to weed and revegitate with indigenous plantings at the Horseshoe Falls Area of Quinn Reserve.

Projects in progress include:-
Current works programs compiled in cooperation with the Council and its contractor, for the Water Race Trail & Quinn Reserve.
Weeding & revegitation of the Puddle Dam site.
Weeding and indigenous plantings in Quinn Reserve funded by Melbourne Water as above.

Would you like to become involved?
Membership fees are:-
Single $15.00 per annum, Family $20.00 per annum, Concession $10.00 per annum.
Click here for our membership form
Work parties are generally the first Sunday in the month 14.00 to 16.00. For exact date and venue see the community calendar.
Mail Address:-
P.O. Box 168, MT EVELYN 3796
Enquiries please telephone Ben Ellis 0421851641


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