LOCATION: CLONBINANE 5000/04.03 E25150 N49700
Extending north of the Beveridge Road bridge crossing of Merri Creek at Merriang,
ACCESS: Beveridge Road
OWNERSHIP & MUNICIPALITY: Private land, City of Whittlesea
SITE DESCRIPTION: The site encloses an area of floodplain with a low but distinct terrace on the western side (right bank) of Merri Creek.
SIGNIFICANCE RATING: LOCAL
The site is an example of extensive alluvial deposition of the Merri Creek where it has been blocked for some time by lava flows. The immediate downstream incision by the creek into the basalt is relatively shallow as the small upstream catchment and small flow rate reduces the capacity of the stream to erode the bed. There has been extensive alluvial deposition (possibly in small lakes and swamps) as the stream has cut a channel into the lava flows downstream. The modern channel is also subject to overbank flow and flooding. The alluvial area is contained between lava flows on the west and a ridge of Silurian/Lower Devonian bedrock to the east.
SITE SENSITIVITY, THREATS, POTENTIAL UTILISATION
CLASS 2. The site would he degraded by subdivision or other built structures. It is clearly visible from the road and does not need improved public access.
REFERENCES: None known
Photograph 45. Terraced floodplain at Site 32, Merriang.