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Merri Trail passes rocks and native shrubs at Lakeside College siteMerri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) is deeply concerned about the state government’s proposal to rezone the site of the former Lakeside Secondary College at 31 Radford Rd Reservoir, from Public Use Zone to Industrial Zone, in preparation for its sale on the open market.
The rear portion of this property, between the school oval and Merri Creek, has functioned as public open space since the mid-1980s. It has been managed for many years by the City of Darebin as open space for passive recreation, ands biodiversity and waterway significance.

Its values include:

1. The Merri Creek Shared Path/Trail: This trail traverses the site and is part of the Metropolitan Trail Network and connects the Yarra Main Trail north along Merri Creek to the Ring Rd.
2. Significant Linear Open Space Connectivity: The Darebin Open Space Strategy nominates this area as recreational open space.
3. Significant Biodiversity Values: These include nationally-listed EPBC species and communities. These values are mapped and described in detail in Darebin Council’s draft Natural Heritage Plan 2011.
4. Significant Waterway Values: Merri Creek is a Melbourne’s most popular urban creek and is greatly valued by the community.

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Habitat Gardening

MCMC Front GardenThe evidence is growing that we feel better and are healthier if we have regular contact with nature.  Nature can seem thin on the ground in our urban environment.  In our busy lives, even getting down to the creek is an effort we might neglect at a cost to our health and happiness. 
But what if every trip to the front gate could give you a quick ‘dose’ of nature?
Habitat gardening using local indigenous plants gets us in touch with nature and is a fascinating hobby.  The habitat in our garden can be a small stepping stone for the wildlife that use the larger habitat corridor of the Merri Creek. 

Habitat Gardening Workshop: Saturday 25th October 2014, 1.30-4.30pm at Merri Creek Management Committee Depot (pictured); 2 Lee St, East Brunswick. Numbers limited, bookings essential at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or phone Ray or Monica on 9380 8199.

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Wild Discoveries @ Bababi Marning

Bababi Marning Wild Discoveries WalkThere is a reserve on the Merri Creek where surprising discoveries and rediscoveries are not so surprising at all!  In 2011 a rare Japanese Snipe re-appeared after a decade’s absence and in 2012 an endangered grass re-appeared.  It is ten years since Golden Sun Moths were rediscovered here after having been presumed extinct in the Melbourne area for decades.
A Wild Discoveries walk on Sunday 26th October offers an opportunity to have a surprising encounter at Bababi Marning Native Grassland Reserve (Cooper Street Grassland).  
The Wild Discoveries walk is  To book please contact the MCMC office This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 9380-8199.  Wild Discoveries is supported this year by a Victorian Government Communities for Nature grant. 

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