Merri Creek Management Committee

Special BEST SONIA SIERRA small 600 x 450Our new three minute film gives a snapshot of how Merri Creek Management Committee connects and communicates with local communities and celebrates local biodiversity.

Participants identifying waterbugs at the waterbug censusTwelve passionate participants spent a sunny morning up to their knees in the Darebin Creek in late February 2017. They were learning how to collect and identify live Waterbugs (aquatic macroinvertebrates) at MCMC Waterwatch’s latest Waterbug Census workshop.

MCMC welcomes State Govt $1.7 million for Merri Creek Park - Galada Tamboore
On 5th Feb 2017 the State Government unexpectedly announced the allocation of $1.7 million to upgrade and develop visitor infrastructure – including 6km of bike and walking paths in the ‘Merri Creek Park’.
The new visitor infrastructure is planned for the Galada Tamboore part of the Marran Baba [Merri Creek] Parklands in Campbellfield/Thomastown.

Merri e News bannerTo streamline the production of Merri e-News, we have started using AcyMailing, which is connected to our website. We are also using this system to notify people about events local to their suburb or field of interest.  You can register and unregister for these notifications hereRegister for as many areas as you like, or register for all events. You can also subscribe and unsubscribe to Merri e-News following the same link.

We had our biggest turnout ever on Sunday 5th March with about 160 people at Merri’s Magical Gum Morning at Merri Park in Northcote.

TOP SHOTS Merris Morning fest from distance Cropped 936 x 302Merri Creek Management Committee coordinated this event for a third time, this year with a focus on pre-school kids and their families. It was supported by funding from a range of organisations including Isabel Henderson Kindergarten, Friends of Merri Park, the City of Darebin and Eucalypt Australia. The day was tailored for a happy crowd of curious young children and their families beside the Merri Creek.

MCMC and Collingwood Children’s Farm have partnered to gain a $20,000 Melbourne Water Community Grant to enhance river bank integrity and improve riparian revegetation planted in the 1980s. The project is based on the Yarra River at Collingwood Children's Farm and will help to ameliorate impacts of erosion, improve indigenous habitat along the riverbank and reduce sediment and nutrient rich farming runoff into the river. The project will engage the community of the Abbotsford Convent and Collingwood Children’s Farm precinct through two Community Plantings in 2017: on Sunday 21st May and on NAIDOC Day Wednesday 6th July.

If your organisation/group would like to add value to your current works, MCMC may be able to support you in the application and/or delivery of waterway grants. Call Katrina on 9380 8199 to explore the possibilities.

Pollution Sign at Edwardes LakeThree separate fires at industrial premises threatened Merri waterways during January/February 2017. One resulted in serious impacts on Edwardes Lake in Reservoir. The Merri Catchment includes significant industrial areas and the risk of fire runoff polluting Merri Creek is of increasing concern. We are grateful for the prompt and skilled response of Melbourne Water teams in managing the runoff from these fires. Nevertheless, it's time for a hard look at how to effectively protect our waterways from the threat of pollution from industrial areas, whether from fires, accidental spills or illegal discharge. 

MCMC employs a team of highly skilled and experienced staff who work on restoring the native vegetation of the Merri Creek environs. We've had a few changes in our Parkland Team membership recently.

If you're wondering what Merri Creek Management Committee does, take a look at our 2016 Annual Report. It summarises our activities for the last year and includes reports from our President and each of our activity areas: Planning & Coordination, Parkland Management, and Catchment Program. Plus there's a summary of our finances, our major sources of funding and key areas of spending. The 2016 Auditor's Report is also available. 

Family group at Lorne StOur sincere thanks to the 54 donors to the  Merri Creek Environment Fund 2016 Appeal who helped raise $11,350 for ongoing projects to improve the Merri. You can still donate to the Appeal.
Donations to the 2015 Appeal funded the recent Planting up the Gap community event on the Merri near Lorne St Fawkner on Sunday 14 August. An enthusiastic group enjoyed glorious weather while planting 450 indigenous grasses and shrubs to help bridge the habitat gap.
Our thanks also to our first Good2Give donor. This is a work place giving organisation which enables employees to make pre-tax donations to registered charities, such as MCMC, direct from their pay. Registered employers then match the employee donations.  Is your workplace a member of Good2Give?

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