In 2002, after decades of neglect, the Malmsbury Common was a weed infested wasteland with enormous potential. Malmsbury District Landcare then began work on managing the woody weeds and by 2008 the first “concept plan” was prepared by group members and discussions were underway with North Central CMA and Macedon Ranges Shire Council re the future of the site. This led to a period of major works that included removal of willows and the establishment of riverside plantings and other planted beds. In 2017 Council worked closely with the community to prepare an updated master plan resulting in another surge of activity that has delivered the wonderful community asset that is now widely utilised by the community and visitors alike. Home to Platypus, Rakali, Wombats, Black Wallabies and Kangaroos as well as the endangered Tussock Skink, the Malmsbury Common Reserve is fine example of what can be achieved by the community working together with Council and government agencies such as the North Central Catchment Management Authority.