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

Now showing at Richmond Library, 415 Church St Richmond (during library hours)

Yarra panel front croppedThis exhibition celebrates 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. On show at Richmond Library during February.

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).

Inspiring young women to reach for science

To try and tackle the gender gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fields, MCMC decided to focus on environmental science and provide opportunities to girls in the latter part of their schooling careers. We received a grant from the Victorian Women's Benevolent Trust to build on the Women in Science conference that was held in 2015 for 140 upper high school students.

Harmful run-off from Broadmeadows tyre fire successfully contained

Warnings were issued about contaminated water following run off from large fire in a tyre recycling yard north of Mahoneys Road in Broadmeadows, on Monday 13th January. Melbourne Water advised people to avoid contact with the wetland at Jack Roper Reserve in Broadmeadows . They warned that contaminated run off from the firefighting efforts had reached the Merlynston Creek, which flows into the wetland lake, and nearby Campbellfield Creek. The runoff could be harmful to animals or humans.  Melbourne Water worked with the EPA and Yarra Valley Water to manage the run off and actively pumping out contaminated water from the creeks for a number of days. More information on this is available in Melbourne Water's news item.  The latest news is that pumping out of the contaminated water has been successful.

Both Merlynston Creek and Campbellfield Creek are tributaries of the Merri Creek. Merri Creek Management Committee commends the prompt and successful action by Melbourne Water's crews to limit the impact of the fire runoff on local waterways of the Merri Creek catchment.

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