Merri Creek Management Committee

Then & Now - Uncover hidden histories, Recover lost landscapes, Discover new significance

Wetlands were once common throughout the Merri Creek catchment and offered habitat for scores of fish, insects, birds, lizards and frogs.   Some of them may have looked like this.  Actual photo: Hall Reserve wetland, Clifton Hill

Wetlands were once common throughout the Merri Creek catchment and offered habitat
for scores of fish, insects, birds, lizards and frogs. Some of them may have looked like this.
Actual photo: Hall Reserve wetland, Clifton Hill

Hall Reserve

Rotunda Wetland, Hall Reserve,
Clifton Hill 1998

Hall Reserve

Rotunda Wetland, Hall Reserve,
Clifton Hill 2000

Hall Reserve

Rotunda Wetland, Hall Reserve,
Clifton Hill 2000

Hall Reserve

Rotunda Wetland, Hall Reserve,
Clifton Hill 2001

Hall Reserve

Rotunda Wetland, Hall Reserve,
Clifton Hill 2004

Hall Reserve

Rotunda Wetland, Hall Reserve,
Clifton Hill 2006

 

CowDrained wetlandsUncover a landscape where wetlands were drained to make more grazing land.

Uncover the inner-urban wetlands that were used to dump rubbish and then were drained as health hazards.

Uncover wetlands where changes to the surrounding landscapes starved them of water. Where weeds were encouraged to grow, crowding out the rushes and water plants.

weedWhat has it taken to Recover the wetlands of Merri Creek?

The vision and passion of the community and the cooperation of residents, councils, governments and utilities.

 

Recovering wetlands often means capturing water from stormwater drains. In a wetland, the water can be cleaned by the actions of plants, fungi and good bacteria.

excavatorPeople like you have planted thousands of water plants as a part of wetland restoration. Their reward has been to recover a sparkling, lifefilled wetland.

weedingWe recover respect for the landscape and for ourselves as custodians of a landscape where wetlands thrive.

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We discover that ongoing work is needed to ensure the restored wetlands remain healthy and free of choking weeds.

dragonflyWe discover that the litter in the creek comes from the streets and the drains. By keeping our streets clean, we help keep the restored wetlands clean.

man and dogWe discover that we can help nature by keeping to paths and respecting wildlife in its habitat.

We discover that wildlife will return to the wetlands created. When we slow down, we discover that we are a part of this restoration of nature.

 

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Merri Events Calendar

19 Nov 2017;
08:45AM - 10:30AM
Friends of Merri Creek Bird Survey 4 for 2017

19 Nov 2017;
10:00AM - 12:30PM
Flax Lily & Blue-banded Bee Wild Pollinator Count

19 Nov 2017;
01:00PM - 03:00PM
Friends of Edgars Creek Site Maintenance

24 Nov 2017;
10:00AM - 03:30PM
Waterwatch Water Quality Workshop

26 Nov 2017;
08:45AM - 10:30AM
Friends of Merri Creek Bird Survey 4 continued

02 Dec 2017;
01:00PM - 03:00PM
MECCARG End of Year Celebration