First Friends of Dandenong Creek (FFDC) works with a range of organisations and individuals to enhance the creeks that sustain life in our area. We dedicate our time, expertise and energy towards the wider catchment area of Dandenong Creek. This includes Dandenong Creek's tributaries between the Liverpool Road Retarding Basin in Boronia and the Boronia Road bridge, Wantirna.
The section of Dandenong Creek that FFDC seeks to enhance is on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri People and the Boon Wurrung People of the Kulin Nation, who we acknowledge as the Custodians of this land. Dandenong Creek is and remains of significant cultural importance to Aboriginal heritage. We seek to ensure that these values and perspectives are part of all efforts to protect and enhance the Dandenong Creek and its tributaries. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal Community Elders, past, present and emerging.
FFDC formed in May 1999, when a group of locals, tired of witnessing the degredation of Dandenong Creek through channelisation and development, decided to do something about it. Together, they formed the First Friends of Dandenong Creek Inc. Since it's inception, FFDC has become trusted within the community for its tireless dedication to the environment and the people it supports.
An Eastern Rosella near the creek. Photographed by Nalini Scarfe.