Inspiring young women to reach for science

To try and tackle the gender gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fields MCMC decided to focus on environmental science and provide opportunities to you women in the latter part of their schooling careers. We received a grant from the Victorian Women's Benevolent Trust to build on the 'Women in Science' conference for 140 upper high students in June 2015. This new grant allowed us to recruit amazing female scientist willing to give a day to show our future scientists the breadth of careers options available to them. The following workplaces hosted a small group of 10 students who were given a hand's on experience of what like is like in a particular workplace, as well as the journey these women took to get where they are:


We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the girls, including:

"I've discovered that there are more pathways in the science industry than the obvious ones"

"Hearing experience from someone in the industry inspired me to do more stuff to get my name out there"

"It has inspired me even more to move into a biological field"

"I am more aware of my opportunities".

Many thanks to the wonderful women scientist who inspired us all and to the Victorian Women's Benevolent Trust whom supported this project and even attended one of the event.

Good luck to the female students in their future science endeavours, we will hopefully see some of you down at the Merri...


Exhibition: 'Merri Creek: from wasteland to parklands' now in Yarra

Now showing at Richmond Library, 415 Church St Richmond (during library hours)

Yarra panel front croppedThis exhibition celebrates the outstanding community achievement since 1975 in transforming Merri Creek from a weed-smothered drain to a much-loved waterway running through a bushland corridor. On show at Richmond Library during February.

At right is part of one of the exhibition panels. You can see all ten panels with their magnificent photos and informative text here: fronts of panels (17MB file); backs of panels (9MB file).

Harmful run-off from Broadmeadows tyre fire successfully contained

Warnings were issued about contaminated water following run off from large fire in a tyre recycling yard north of Mahoneys Road in Broadmeadows, on Monday 13th January. Melbourne Water advised people to avoid contact with the wetland at Jack Roper Reserve in Broadmeadows . They warned that contaminated run off from the firefighting efforts had reached the Merlynston Creek, which flows into the wetland lake, and nearby Campbellfield Creek. The runoff could be harmful to animals or humans.  Melbourne Water worked with the EPA and Yarra Valley Water to manage the run off and actively pumping out contaminated water from the creeks for a number of days. More information on this is available in Melbourne Water's news item.  The latest news is that pumping out of the contaminated water has been successful.

Both Merlynston Creek and Campbellfield Creek are tributaries of the Merri Creek. Merri Creek Management Committee commends the prompt and successful action by Melbourne Water's crews to limit the impact of the fire runoff on local waterways of the Merri Creek catchment.

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