Somerton Fire: Alert for Merri Creek

EPA Victoria fish death alert: issued Wednesday 25 November
Fish deaths (mainly carp) have been reported in Merri Creek between Cooper St Bridge, Somerton and Mahoneys Rd, Campbellfield. Fish deaths may be associated with runoff from fire-fighting activities at the Somerton fire. EPA is investigating. Avoid contact until further notice by EPA Victoria.

MCMC update 27 Nov

The Somerton fire is now extinguished and no more runoff is entering Merri Creek.  The fish death alert remains.   A 7km stretch of Merri Creek between Somerton and Campbellfield has very poor water quality.  Melbourne Water is actively pumping out the polluted water at Barry Rd, Campbellfield.  Clean water is being pumped into the creek. This has halted the downstream spread of polluted water and water quality in the affected area is expected to slowly improve.  More details of Melbourne Water's efforts.



Grant for philanthropic partnerships

In November 2015, MCMC was one of only 24 community organisations to receive funding from the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services to showcase philanthropic partnerships. MCMC received $10,000 for the project: Stepping into Print - Philanthropic Support for Engaging the Community and Moving into the Literature, which involves exploring, celebrating and sharing the outcomes of successful partnerships through a series of innovative events. In December we’ll be holding a workshop, including a Wurundjeri Welcome, by invitation only ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it us if you’re interested). The project is supported by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal.

Dogs and Merri Creek Parkland: Sharing the Space

MCMC has produced a new leaflet on responsible dog ownership as part of a bushland restoration project based in Preston and Thornbury - funded by Melbourne Water Community Grants. The leaflet outlines how dogs can be managed along the Merri Creek in ways that support local wildlife and ensure that volunteers and park workers can avoid the ‘yuk’ factor. 

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