Merri Creek Management Committee


MCMC’s Parkland Management Team was established in 1989, and undertakes ecological restoration and revegetation works at more than 80 sites along Merri Creek and its tributaries (and in some cases, adjacent Creeks), from Clifton Hill to Craigieburn. These works are guided by the Merri Creek and Environs Strategy, which sets out the the vision and provides the strategic direction for management needs in the catchment as well as detailing specific actions.

Restoration and revegetation works focus on establishing and maintaining competitive indigenous vegetation through carefully targeted weed control, mulching, planting and direct seeding. Within the native grasslands, ecological burns are used to maintain the diversity of wildflowers and the health of the Kangaroo Grass.

Sites are chosen according to the following priorities:

  • Protection and restoration of remnant vegetation
  • Maintenance of existing plantings
  • Establishment of new revegetated areas

Galada TambooreThese priorities are heavily influenced by what funding is available. Works are funded by direct grants and contracts from Councils and by a grants from a variety of sources. We also undertake work for agencies and private clients.

Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) does not own any land, so all its works are done with the approval of the land-owner, often one of MCMC’s member Councils, or Melbourne Water.

The Parkland Management Team works closely with other agencies that also undertake revegetation and restoration works at different sites along the Merri Creek and with agencies that manage utilities and easements within the Creek corridor, including SPI AusNet, CitiPower and Yarra Valley Water.

The permanent members of the Parkland Management Team are supplemented during the busy planting season with temporary team members. 

Go to the Events section of this website to find out about opportunities for community involvement in Parkland Management Activities.


Ecological Restoration Principles in practice - see full article here (789 KB PDF file)


Fauna summary report for 2014-15 here (128KB PDF file)


Key Parkland Management projects in 2013-14 here (1.5MB PDF file)


 Getting Edgy

See the results (3.5MB PDF file) of vegetation management on interface of an urban Grassland Reserve: Ngarri-djarrang in Reservoir.


 Communities for Nature

Two projects are designed to have long term impact on the survival of two iconic species in the Merri Creek Valley. The Critically endangered Golden Sun Moth and the culturally significant Plains Yam Daisy will both benefit from monitoring and on-ground works that you can get involved in.

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Reversing the decline of Plains Yam Daisy Microseris scapigera in the Merri Catchment

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Continuing and extending Golden Sun Moth habitat surveys 

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Female Golden Sun Moth at Bababi Marning   Plains Yam Daisy at Kalkallo Common

 

Uncover, Recover & Discover your Merri Creek.

The changing fortunes of Merri Creek come alive in a new series of displays that demonstrate how far we’ve come in restoring the creek. Images from Merri Creek Management Committee’s treasure trove of records contrast the different eras of the Merri corridor.

If you weren’t around twenty years ago you’ll be surprised at how much the landscape of the Merri has changed since the 1980’s. You can help play a role in its future.

 

Merri Creek, Robinson Reserve, Preston

Merri Creek, Preston - once surrounded by majestic trees, diverse aquatic vegetation and a chorus of frog calls. It may have looked like this prior to European settlement.

Actual Photo: Merri Creek at Cooper St, Epping.

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Aitken Creek Craigieburn

Aitken Creek, Craigieburn - once surrounded by dense tussock grasslands, ancient red gums and teeming with wildlife. It may have looked like this prior to European Settlement.

Actual photo: Malcolm Creek, Craigieburn.

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Wetland, Hall Reserve, 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.

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The displays have also been produced as laminated flip-charts that can be seen at plantings and school visits.

The displays were produced by Merri Creek Management Committee for a Friends of Merri Creek project funded by a Federal Community Water Grant.

The Uncover, Recover and Discover project also included community plantings and Waterwatch events at:

  • Merri Creek, Robinson Reserve, Preston;
  • Hall Reserve wetland, Clifton Hill; and
  • Aitken Creek Reserve. Craigieburn

These plantings are helping to restore the dynamic vegetation that fringes the creek, wetlands and tributaries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Merri Events Calendar

25 Jun 2017;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Friends of Merri Park Hand Weeding

01 Jul 2017;
01:00PM - 03:00PM
MECCARG Planting indigenous species

02 Jul 2017;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Litter Clean Up – Craigieburn (Friends of Merri Creek )

02 Jul 2017;
02:00PM - 03:30PM
Streamteam Water Quality Testing (Friends of Merri Creek)

05 Jul 2017;
06:30PM - 08:30PM
"Murnong Encounters" Talk

16 Jul 2017;
10:00AM - 12:30PM
"BBB Planting" & BBQ Reservoir