Exhibition: 'Merri Creek: from wasteland to parklands' now in Darebin

Darebin Panel topThis exhibition continues to celebrate the outstanding community achievement since 1975 in transforming Merri Creek from a weed-smothered drain to a much-loved waterway running through a bushland corridor. It is on show at Darebin liraries during May, also with guided tours - see under 'read more'.

At right is part of one of the exhibition panels. You can see all ten panels with their magnificent photos and informative text here: fronts of panels (17MB file); backs of panels (9MB file).

Follow the 'read more' link for details of the exhibition between May and September.

Can you help with a crowd-funding proposal?

Blue Banded Bee pollinating DianellaDo you know anyone who might be interested in helping us to crowd-fund and deliver a project to help native Blue Banded Bees foster genetic diversity in grassland wildflowers in Reservoir and Fawkner?
The project: The Buzz: Help endangered lilies meet their pollinators in Melbourne’s suburbs will be supported by the State Government’s 2016 Threatened Species Initiative crowd-funding stream.

This project will support the life-cycle of Critically Endangered Matted Flax Lily, Dianella amoena, found in urban bushland remnants near Merri Creek. It aims to increase chances of pollination by their main pollinator: Blue Banded Bees, and to reduce the impact of weed invasion and habitat fragmentation. It includes a fun program where the community can get involved in plant and bee lifecycles, even in their own backyards!

No experience is necessary and support will be offered on how to go about a crowd-funding campaign - which would be from April to September 2016. Please let us know ASAP. For more details, see the poster.

Greater Wallan – Merri State Park

Continuous public parkland and a connected trail along the entire length of Merri Creek.

This is our vision, from the confluence of the Merri with the Yarra in Clifton Hill/Abbotsford upstream to its headwaters beyond Wallan. Currently, the much loved Merri Creek Parklands and the Merri Shared Trail only extend along a quarter of Merri Creek’s length, from the Yarra confluence to the Metropolitan Ring Road. If you want to go further north along the creek, you can’t!

The Marran Baba Parklands concept makes up another 25% of the creek’s length, but much of its implementation is still languishing ten years after Parks Victoria released the draft plan. Meanwhile, a huge 50% of Merri Creek is waiting for a coherent park plan. To fill the gap, community groups have developed a plan for a Greater Wallan-Merri State Park from Craigieburn to Wallan. Read the details of our park proposal and download the draft concept map.

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