Helping Set Ecological Standards for Restoration

Merri Park Wetland planting May 2014Along with organisations from across Australia, Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) contributed to the development of the new National Standards for Ecological Restoration. In late July MCMC’s Ecological Restoration Planner, Brian Bainbridge, presented a paper at the launch of the Standards at a conference of Australian Association of Bush Regenerators in Sydney. We used 'before' and 'after' photos from the newly digitised MCMC image collection to show how MCMC has applied the six Principles of the Standards to 30 years of restoration of sites along the Merri.

Read more here.

Successful Blue Banded Bee campaign

Copy of Copy of Dianella amoena detail cHearty congratulations to the Friends of Merri Creek on the huge success of their Help the Blue-banded Bee crowd-funding campaign.  The campaign raised $25,073 which more than 66% greater than the original target of $15,000. 441 people supported the campaign which will now receive a further $15,000 from the Dept of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The funds will be used in a project designed by Merri Creek Management Committee to establish pollination ‘stepping stones’ between endangered Matted Flax-lily populations along the Merri Creek in Fawkner and Reservoir.

 Merri Creek's Matted Flax-lily is threatened by population isolation  

Exhibition: 'Merri Creek: from wasteland to parklands' continues

Wurundjeri panel - featureThis exhibition continues to celebrate 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. it's on display as follows:
3-28 October:    Fawkner Library, 77 Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 17 J2).
3-16 November:    Foyer of the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, 8 Nicholson Street East Melbourne.

At right is a feature from the panel on the Wurundjeri people. If you can't get to the exhibition, you can see the ten panels with their magnificent photos and informative text here: fronts of panels (17MB file); backs of panels (9MB file).

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