Merri Corridor for sale

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.

Habitat Heroes and Woodland Wonders

Horsefields Bronze CuckooA tiny patch of revegetation, visited by unusual bird species, has inspired a project to strengthen the Merri habitat corridor.  The three year Habitat Heroes project will double the size of this Fawkner woodland, and introduce local community to this wildlife hotspot - at the eastern end of Jukes Road, Fawkner.

Everyone is welcome to come to the project launch on 24th August 10am to 12 noon at the eastern end of Jukes Road, Fawkner, to be followed by a BBQ which will include: 
• A Welcome to Country by a Wurundjeri elder. The Wurundjeri are the Traditional Owners of the land; 
• A reptile show will encourage us to appreciate our less cuddly wildlife; 
• Planting of trees and shrubs to expand the bird habitat;
• A self-guided tour of the Top Ten Habitat Plants. (See event poster.)

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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