2021 Special Appeal
Help bring back the banksias
Over the last 18 months our open spaces have become more precious to us than ever and the Merri Creek Parklands are no exception.
This year we are asking for your help to bring back the forgotten Banksia Woodlands of the Merri. These were once widespread, but now none of the original Merri banksias remain.
Your donation will also help support the harvesting and storage of seed from our valuable Seed Production Areas and the care and monitoring of our Nest-boxes and artificial hollows.
Read more about progress on these projects and the Banksia Orchard project here.
PLEASE DONATE: Donations of $2 or more to the Merri Creek Environment Fund are tax deductible.
Pay by Credit Card: Make a donation via the secure engine of GiveNow
Pay by Cheque: Make out to Merri Creek Environment Fund and send to 2 Lee Street, East Brunswick, 3057 with a filled in Donation slip (download it to your computer).
Bringing Merri Creek back to life
The Merri Creek Environment Fund is a tax-deductible fund which aims to ensure the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of Merri Creek and its tributaries, their corridors and associated ecological communities.
Donations to the Fund provide a long-term and independent source of funding to continue bringing Merri Creek back to life after 170 years of degradation. For examples of projects that donations to the Fund have supported, read the MCEF News section towards the top left of this page.
The fund is overseen by four directors committed to Merri Creek and the wider community. They are David Redfearn OAM (Chair), Glenyys Romanes, Jo Connellan and Ann Sanson.
The Merri Creek Environment Fund is a fund of the Merri Creek Management Committee, a non-profit organisation committed to ethical investment.
If you would like to make a donation, follow the instructions above.
You may also like to look at our two page brochure about the Merri Creek Environment Fund.
The Challenge of Restoring Merri Creek Habitat for Birds and Animals
Merri Creek stretches from the Great Dividing Range to the Yarra River. It flows from foothill forests, through farmland, rocky gorges, rare native grasslands, between quarries and factories and houses in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.
After 170 years of degradation, the restoration work of the last 30 plus years has made a huge difference, but there's a lot of work still to do.
Birds and animals are returning to Merri Creek thanks to the revegetation and remnant vegetation protection works which have been carried out. For them to thrive, protection and ongoing management of habitat is critical.
Improving the water quality of the Creek remains a challenge requiring revegetation of the Creek banks in rural areas, restoration of wetlands or creation of new ones, and better management of the urban catchments.
Completing the habitat corridor linking the foothill forests to the grasslands in the middle catchments and through the suburbs to the Yarra is a huge task.
Rare species in the catchments: There are seven nationally rare or endangered species, and hundreds of species which are rare in the state or in the Merri Creek catchment. These species need particular attention to ensure that their populations in the Merri Creek catchment flourish. This can involve careful weed control to remove their competition, burning, or collection of seed and re-planting.