Table of Contents

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.. 2

Foreword.. 3

Overview of the Strategy.. 6

Executive Summary.. 7

Introduction... 14

Origins and Purpose of the Strategy. 14

Origins. 14

Purpose. 14

Merri catchment Waterways- An Overview... 16

Vision for the Merri catchment waterway corridors. 18

Objectives. 18

Agency Roles and Responsibilities.. 20

PART A - LAND.. 28

SECTION 1 Cultural Heritage and Visual Character.. 28

Chapter 1.1 Aboriginal Heritage. 28

Chapter 1.2 Historical Heritage. 35

Chapter 1.3 Visual Character. 41

SECTION 2 - Natural Heritage and Land Management. 52

Chapter 2.1 Biodiversity and habitat networks. 53

Chapter 2.2 Geodiversity and Geological Resources. 72

Chapter 2.3 Land Management. 78

Chapter 2.4 Headwaters to Craigieburn Road East. 86

Chapter 2.5 Craigieburn Road East to Mahoneys Road. 94

Chapter 2.6 Mahoneys Road to Yarra River. 101

PART B - WATER.. 108

SECTION 3 - Surface Waters, Creeks and Wetlands.. 109

Chapter 3.1 Stream Morphology, Drainage and Flood Management. 110

Chapter 3.2 Water Quality and Stream Health.. 120

Chapter 3.3 Aquatic Flora, Fauna and Wetlands. 134

PART C - COMMUNITY.. 143

SECTION 4 Recreation, Trails, Safety, Community Involvement and Education.. 143

Chapter 4.1 Community Engagement. 146

Chapter 4.2 Recreation.. 149

Chapter 4.3 Trails and Access. 153

Chapter 4.4 Public Safety. 160

PART D - MANAGEMENT.. 163

SECTION 5 - Planning and Management Coordination.. 163

Chapter 5.1 Planning. 163

Chapter 5.2 Management Coordination.. 171

SECTION 6 - Implementation and Monitoring.. 176

Chapter 6.1 Implementation.. 176

Chapter 6.2 Monitoring and Review Procedures. 178

PART E - ACTIONS.. 179

Definitions.. 216

Bibliography. 217

Index.. 222

 


Table of Maps

Map 1 - The location of the Merri catchment 7

Map 2 - The Merri catchment and its waterways. 7

Map 3 - The location of the Merri catchment 16

Map 4 - The Merri catchment waterways. 16

Map 5 - Merri Creek Catchment showing municipal boundaries. 25

Map 6 - Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Sites (from AAV website) 32

Map 7 - Historical Heritage places identified by Johnston & Ellender (1993) 39

Map 8 - Bioregions of the Merri catchment 54

Map 9 - Bioregional Conservation Status of remnant vegetation in the Merri catchment. 57

Map 10 - Remnant native vegetation in the Merri catchment, by Ecological Vegetation Class. 59

Map 11 - Proposed habitat corridor network for Merri catchment. 67

Map 12 - Geology and geological sites of the Merri catchment 74

Map 13 - Mineral, quarrying and geothermal licences in the catchment. 76

Map 14 - the proposed Merri Creek Park (from Parks Victoria 2006) 100

Map 15 - SEPP Schedule F7 segments in the Merri Catchment 121

Map 16 - Map of wetlands in the Merri catchment 140

Map 17 - Shared Pathways in the Merri Catchment 157

Map 18 - Proposed and potential urban development in the catchment 164

 

Table of Tables

Table 1 - Outcome of 2004 Action Review. 14

Table 2 - New Wurundjeri place names. 33

Table 3 Victorian Heritage Register status of Merri Creek historic places. 38

Table 4 Planning Scheme protection of historic places by municipality. 38

Table 5 Planning Scheme protection of historic places by theme. 38

Table 6 Priority for vegetation protection of EVCs. 58

Table 7 - Node plans south of Mahoneys Road. 103

Table 8 - Other plans relevant to site management south of Mahoneys Road. 104

Table 9 - Summary of key water policy documents. 109

Table 10 - Ranking of how people spend time at Merri Creek. 149

Table 11 - Important existing features of Merri Creek. 150

Table 12 - Importance of additional/improved features/facilities. 150

Table 13 - Issues needing improvement along the Creek. 150

Table 14 - Action Prefixes. 224

Table 15 - Table symbols and Terms. 224

Table 16 - Acronyms used in text 224

 

Table of Figures

Figure 1 - Ranked suggestions for improvement from the survey of Merri Path users. 154

Figure 2 - Sections of path and their total usage. 155