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Merri e-News - June 2019

Merri e-News - June 2019
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Merri E-News

June 2019


Newsletter of the Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC)



Help create homes for wildlife along the Merri

Spotted Pardalote cropped P MollisonBirds and microbats are some of the creatures that need tree-hollows for homes; but sadly most of the trees along the Merri are too young for natural hollows to form.

However you can help - a tax deductible donation to the Merri Creek Environment Fund would provide specially designed nest boxes for Pardalote birds and microbats in Merri Park, Northcote. The nest boxes would be installed by a trained arborist and community volunteers would be trained to monitor them.

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 Direct Deposit: BSB: 633-000 Account No: 112718523 Account Name: Merri Creek Management Committee Inc Merri Creek Environment Fund - and please send us an email with your contact details, so we can issue you with a receipt.

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.

To find out more about the Merri Creek Environment Fund and the projects it supports, follow this link, scroll down the page and/or read the news items on the left of the page.

Celebrating MCMC's 30th Anniversary

14 Group on MCCC bridgeMerri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) celebrated its 30th Anniversary with staff and Committee members, present and past, and others who have made significant contributions to Merri Creek. The wonderful afternoon on Thursday 23rd May started off with a tour along Merri Creek.   

First stop was near CERES in Brunswick East, where the MCMC President, Ann McGregor, talked about some of the first plantings along Merri Creek in the 1970s. Then people walked downstream along the Northcote side of the Merri where Geoff Mabett talked about the 1980s transformative works of the Northern Waterways Group in creating Merri Park. The group was photographed on the footbridge between Merri Park and Sumner Park.


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Take a 30 Year Tour of Merri Creek

Are you curious about what Merri Creek looked like 30 or more years ago? Or maybe you're like a trip down memory lane?  You can do this by taking our web-based tour of Merri Creek sites in Brunswick East and Northcote from the 1980s. Just follow this link. Even better, visit Merri Creek with your web-enabled device.  Then you'll be able to view photos from decades ago and simultaneously appreciate the amazing ecological transformation that can be seen today.   

View of former MMBW depot, now Merri Park 2015 C Clarke smallerMMBW depot now Merri Park 1986 B McGregor

 

       

                                                           

 

School grounds as Learning Grounds

Newlands PS 2019 BlBandedBee assemblyIn 2018 Newlands Primary School enhanced indigenous biodiversity in the school’s grounds with a Landcare Grant. This enabled MCMC to provide two professional development sessions in March and May 2019 where teachers learnt how to use their school grounds to teach about indigenous plants and pollinators, including botanic drawing and plant identification.

Popular Aboriginal Spiritual Healing Walk

Group flag croppedMerri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) held a hugely popular Walk and Talk on the Darebin Parklands Spiritual Trail in Alphington on Sunday 5 May. The event was led by Uncle Trevor Gallagher, a Gunditjmara Elder with Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung speaking rights. There were over 60 bookings when the booking system was shut down two weeks before the event!


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Tracking litter on Merri Creek

Litter tracking studentsMerri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) teamed up with RMIT University and Melbourne Water on 31 May to present a litter education session for 18 lucky Year 3 Antonine College students. RMIT Scientist, Dr Kavitha Chinathamby, helped the students release plastic bottles fitted with GPS 'trackers'. The GPS-enabled plastic bottles simulate litter that comes into Merri Creek, usually from street stormwater drains, and is subsequently washed into Port Phillip Bay. Each GPS-enabled device sends signals pinpointing its location at defined time intervals so the litter voyages can be tracked. You can track the Merri Creek bottles and other bottles in waterways around Melbourne here. All plastic bottles will be rounded up and removed at the end of the project.


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Powerful Owl on Merri Creek

Powerful Owl upstream of St Georges Rd 7 5 19 AnnMcGregorOur President, Ann McGregor, photographed this Powerful Owl in a Peppercorn tree overlooking Merri Creek shared path in Fitzroy North, in May. We believe this is the first time a Powerful Owl has been recorded along the Merri in the inner suburbs. 

Please let us know of your own wildlife sightings along Merri Creek by using the reporting form on our website.  A photo is of great help. All significant confirmed sightings are forwarded to appropriate databases such as the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas.

Merri Creek Management Committee. 2 Lee St, East Brunswick, Victoria, Australia 3057  (view map in new window )
Phone:(03) 9380 8199     Email: admin@mcmc.org.au
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