Thursday 11 April, 10:30-11:30
Whittlesea Public Gardens, end of Barry Road Lalor meet near the playground - map here
Open your child to the wonder and learning local nature provides, with a free program for two to five year-olds (carer or parent must attend). Merri Creek Management Committee’s environmental educators will provide a setting and materials for your children to thrive in nature play. There will be nature items to touch, smell and see! There will be hills to roll down! We will listen to frog calls and even meet a local frog. Bookings essential below. This event proudly supported by the City of Whittlesea.
Friday 26 April, 6:30-7:30pm
Moomba Park, Fawkner - see map
Did you know that a rare frog, the Growling Grass Frog, has been re-discovered in Merri Creek in Fawkner? Join MCMC’s Waterwatch Coordinator for a walk and talk and froggy activities. You'll learn to recognise different frog calls and help collect important data for Melbourne Water's Frog Census. Families are most welcome. The event involves walking and will still take place even if it rains, so please bring weather appropriate clothing for the event (Frogs love rain so don’t be put off by a rainy evening). Bookings essential – see below. This event is funded by Melbourne Water.
During the recent Victorian election campaign, the ALP promised to create the new Upper Merri Parklands. This is a welcome recognition of the importance of the upper Merri and the potential for continuous linked parkland along the entire length of Merri Creek. It reflects a 2016 joint initiative of MCMC, Friends of Merri Creek and Wallan Environment Group for the creation of the Greater Wallan-Merri Park, a living landscape for a liveable Melbourne. We look forward to the new Labor government delivering on this promise as prompt action is needed to secure the park.
Labor's commitment also included funding a feasability study for the Wallan Regional Park. This new park, centered on the former Hernes Swamp, is a key part of our vision for the Greater Wallan - Merri Park. It includes the potential to reinstate parts of the swamp, to create an attractive, biodiverse focus for the park.
(Photo: upper Merri Creek in Merriang.)
Volunteers have been hard at work raising rare plants as part of the Friends of Merri Creek’s three-year Secret Seven seeds project, which aims to increase the seed supply of seven rare Merri Creek plant species. Northcote resident Jane Mullett has successfully raised Plains Yam Daisies to the seeding stage. She says "I am getting heaps of seeds off them. I am harvesting between 3-5 puffballs every second day!". The plants were initially grown by VINC.
The key stages in the growth of these plants has been documented by renowned local photographer, David Tatnall. See the superb sequence under 'Read More.'
This project is funded with the support of the Victorian Government. The Friends of Merri Creek have contracted MCMC to help deliver the project.
A recent evening event looked at intercultural cooperation and being careful together on Wurundjeri Country. Uncle Dave Wandin, from the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Compensation & Cultural Heritage Council, and MCMC’s Special Engagement Programs Coordinator, Angela Foley, were in conversation at the Institute of Postcolonial Studies. Uncle Dave and Angela referred to many places of connection over ten years of projects on Wurundjeri Country and in particular, projects focussed on the confluence of Merri Creek and the Yarra River (Birrarung), for example the Merri-Yarra Biik project. The conversation was facilitated by Prof Libby Porter from RMIT University.
A current Wurundjeri - MCMC partnership project continues the focus on the Merri-Yarra confluence. It is supported by a three year grant from the City of Yarra’s Investing in Community Grants, with the first year close to completion.
Aitken Creek in Craigieburn was a hive of activity as Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) helped to implement the ‘Aitken Creek’s Living Pathways’ project in 2018. This Friends of Merri Creek project has established pathways for blue banded bees to pollinate endangered Matted Flax Lilys. We invite you to learn about and help take care of this magnificent tributary of Merri Creek habitat corridor. You can use the new interactive on line map to tour the creek from home. View the map in the browser on any web-connected device. Or download the mobile app from the Google Play Store with your Android device.
|24 Mar 2019;|
11:00AM - 04:00PM
Waterwatch stall at the Darebin Community & Kite Festival
|27 Mar 2019;|
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Wednesday volunteers - Friends of Merri Creek
|31 Mar 2019;|
10:00AM - 01:00PM
Waterwatch Waterbug community sampling - Donnybrook FULLY BOOKED
|06 Apr 2019;|
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Friends of Merri Park Litter Clean-up - Northcote
|07 Apr 2019;|
10:00AM - 12:30PM
Weeding at Strettle Wetland – Thornbury - Friends of Merri Creek
|07 Apr 2019;|
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Litter Clean Up – Coburg - Friends of Merri Creek