Merri Creek Management Committee

Site location mapLOCATION: YARRA 5000/04.09 E21940 N22560

Left bank of Edgars Creek south of Tilley Street Coburg North.

ACCESS: From Livingstone St or Arthur St Coburg North.

OWNERSHIP & MUNICIPALITY: Public Land, City of Coburg.

SITE DESCRIPTION: The site is an 8 metre high cliff of gently dipping Melbourne Formation sediments exposed above the left bank of Edgars Creek. The creek flows westerly along the strike of the sediments for about 100 metres. North form this point, Edgars Creek is a lateral stream flowing along the eastern edge of a lava flow that displaced the ancestral stream and moved it eastward against a high ridge of Silurian rock. The creek has cut into this rock in much the same way the Yarra River has cut into similar rock at Studley Park, Kew. Three hundred metres north, an old road cutting near Adnette Street also exposes Silurian sediments. On the right bank of the creek are outcrops of basalt showing this to be the edge of the lava flow.

SIGNIFICANCE RATING: LOCAL

The site is the best natural vertical section of Melbourne Formation sediments in the study area. When examined in conjunction with the basalt outcrops on the opposite bank, it illustrates the impact of the lava flows on the development of the Edgars Creek valley.

SITE SENSITIVITY, THREATS, POTENTIAL UTILISATION

CLASS 3. The site is not easily accessible but may be safely viewed from the opposite bank. The site could be damaged by material being dumped over the bank. Property managers on the adjacent private land should be made aware of the significance of the site to avoid inadvertent damage in this way.

REFERENCES: None known

Cliff of Melbourne Formation on Edgars Creek North Coburg, Victoria, Australia

Photograph 25. Cliff of Melbourne Formation at Site 16 (Photo by Neville Rosengren approx 1993).

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