Merri Creek Management Committee

What is the difference between Restoration and Rehabilitation?Most of MCMC's on ground work is rehabilitating degraded sites. But what is rehabilitation? Does it differ from revegetation or restoration? Merle & Merri can help you understand these terms.

See MCMC's 2015-16 Flora and Fauna Report for a summary of what has been seen along Merri Creek from October 2015 to September 2016.

WildPollinationCountThe Friends of Merri Creek and MCMC held our first Wild Pollinator Count on 13 November, funded by donors to the Help the Blue-banded Bee campaign and the Victorian Government.

MCMC’s Brian Bainbridge pointed out the planting sites in 2017 around Bababi Djinanang in Fawkner, placed a ‘bee hotel’ in the grassland and explained how to do a pollinator count. Participants can now submit their own data to the National Pollinator Count which aims to understand more about the thousands of native pollinator species.
The project’s ‘Blue Banded Bee Band’ gig, supported by high profile local musicians, attracted lots of interest and an article in The GuardianRead more.

Yellow Ochre butterflyIn November 2016 MCMC’s Ecological Restoration Planner, Brian Bainbridge, discovered a butterfly only known from a handful of sites in Victoria! The Yellow Ochre Butterfly Trapezites lutea, sometimes called the Rare White-spot Skipper, doesn’t travel far and is probably breeding on Wattle-mat Rush, Lomandra filiformis. It was seen at Heathcote Junction while MCMC staff were re-establishing native grasses after disturbance from a pipeline project. This is 20 kilometres from the nearest record for the Yellow Ochre Butterfly in Broadford. Read more.

Merri Park Wetland planting May 2014Along with organisations from across Australia, Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) contributed to the development of the new National Standards for Ecological Restoration. In late July2016, MCMC’s Ecological Restoration Planner, Brian Bainbridge, presented a paper at the launch of the Standards at a conference of Australian Association of Bush Regenerators in Sydney. We used 'before' and 'after' photos from the newly digitised MCMC image collection to show how MCMC has applied the six Principles of the Standards to 30 years of restoration of sites along the Merri.

Read more here.

MCMC has produced a new leaflet on responsible dog ownership as part of a bushland restoration project based in Preston and Thornbury - funded by Melbourne Water Community Grants. The leaflet outlines how dogs can be managed along the Merri Creek in ways that support local wildlife and ensure that volunteers and park workers can avoid the ‘yuk’ factor. 

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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