On January 7th 2015 bush fires started by lightening strikes burnt 80% of the Black Hill Reserve Kyneton.

Recovery work commenced as soon as it was safe to do so. Tasks such as clearing fallen and dangerous trees, repairing walking tracks and signage, discouragement of erosion with repaired and improved drainage channels, the replacement of 70+ nesting boxes, plus other infrastructure work, will continue for many months.

The Friends Of Black Hill are being assisted in this huge program of work by inmates from both the Loddon Prison at Castlemaine, and the Youth Training Centre at Malmsbury, together with management and planning expertise provided by a number of departments within the Macedon Ranges Shire Council, together with ongoing advice and assistance from the CFA both local and at Headquarters, and local Landcare groups.

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the time and effort everyone is giving to this huge task.

We would also invite anyone who is interested in assisting, either financially or by sheer hard work, to contact the Friends Of Black Hill through the contacts provided on the Friends Of Black Hill page on this website.

It would be possible to display many pictures of the renewal and regeneration that is taking place at Black Hill, but the image below contrasts the burnt trees against the wonderful Black Hill granite boulders and shows the epicormic growth that is so typical of the Australian bush following fires.

This image is subject to Copyright. Bruce Hedge, a member of the Kyneton Aero Club took the picture on behalf of the Langley Landcare Group. Permision to download or reuse this image should be sought from the Langley Landcare Group.

This image shows the extent of fire damage at Black Hill Reserve viewed from the North East,

This image is subject to Copyright. The image was taken by Bruce Hedge of the Kyneton Aero Club on behalf of the Langley Landcare Group. Reuse of this image, in any form, may only be undertaken with the express permission of the Langley Landcare Group.