A wetland habitat for birds at Serendip Sanctuary, located near the You Yangs, has been rejuvenated thanks to a $27,000 contribution from two community groups.

Officially re-opened last month, the “Wildlife Waterhole” has been given a new lease on life thanks to the generousity of the Lara District Community Bank and the Lions Club of Lara.

The $27,000 funding has paid for the construction of a new pond, the planting of native vegetation and landscaping and an automated filtration system at the sanctuary.

The sanctuary recreates a natural habitat for a range of birdlife, plants, fish and other small animals. It’s also home to emus, wallabies, kangaroos and lizards.

Parks Victoria district manager Paul Wallace said that Serendip Sanctuary was “a much-loved community asset that provides a unique learning experience for thousands of visitors and school children every year”.

Lara District Community Bank chairman Andrew Hilliard said the sanctuary has been part of the Lara community for about 60 years.

“The fact that the wetland ecosystem is used by school groups as a learning centre … was a key factor in our decision to support this project,” he said.

Parks Victoria is exploring more options to revitalise Serendip Sanctuary. Provide feedback at https://engage.vic.gov.au/future-investmentyou-yangs-and-serendip-sanctuary