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Merri e-News November 2020

Merri e-News November 2020
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Merri E-News

NOVEMBER 2020


Newsletter of the Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC)


Innovative Creekulum project evaluatedCreekulum School kids

Merri Creek Management Committee has evaluated Creekulum, Moreland Primary School's ambitious and unprecedented creekside education program from 2019. The report is a visually attractive record suited to all ages. It shows how the community, guest educators and a whole-of-school approach worked together to meet the learning goals of Prep to Grade 6, with the Merri Creek at the centre of all our interests!

The full report is here (7.48MB PDF file).

New MCMC Strategic Plan

MCMC Strategic Plan coverThe Strategic Plan is a guiding document for all Merri Creek Management Committee activities and decisions. It provides an excellent overview of MCMC, what we do and how we do it, the benefits that we bring, and the key issues we face.

The Strategic Plan identifies priorities and actions under five strategic focus areas:

  • Leadership & Advocacy
  • Partnerships & Collaboration
  • Waterway Corridor Restoration
  • Education & Engagement and
  • Organisational Strengthening.

You can see the Strategic Plan here (10.8MB PDF).

Moreland Environmental Sustainability awards

Congratulations to the joint winners of the annual Moreland Environmental Sustainability Achievement Award: MCMC President, Ann McGregor, and her husband Bruce, for their decades of work on Merri Creek; and Stephen Northey, who founded the Friends of Edgars Creek. Below is a summary of their citations:

Ann & Bruce McGregor: When Ann and Bruce moved to Moreland in 1976, the Merri Creek trail was overgrown with weeds, loads of rubbish and neglected. They saw the Merri Creek as ‚Äúa damaged asset that just cried out to be restored, not only for people but also for native birds and animals.‚ÄĚ
They were founding members of the Friends of Merri Creek and have continued to be active members for over four decades of both the Friends of Merri Creek and the Merri Creek Management Committee, of which Ann is the current President. Without the foresight and commitment of people like Ann and Bruce McGregor, the Merri Creek would not be what it is today - a much loved environmental and social space, a valuable habitat for a range of native animals and home to significant indigenous vegetation.


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A Little Nature Play in Hume

Nature Play kid runningMCMC had to swiftly adapt the first year of a three year grant from Hume City Council for the A Little Nature Play project becasue of the Covid-19 pandemic. In consultation with early years educators, we moved delivery on-line. In October, Hume’s early years educators came together with other educators to talk over the experience of listening to children and exploring local 'nature play' areas. 

This conversation was documented in a webinar Stepping out: Leadership beyond the kindergarten setting. New plans to get out and about locally were supported, and recognition given to the importance of communicating with families about the value for children of time spent beyond the kindergarten setting. 

In response to the webinar, early years educators have come forward to enjoy support from the project. They are from four different centres in the Hume municipality - in Broadmeadows, Craigieburn, Coolaroo and Rockborough Park. We will work together in coming years to get educators and kids out into nearby natural settings.

Swamp Wallabies along Merri CreekSwamp Wallaby Bababi Marning 12 7 15

To better understand the movements of Swamp Wallabies along Merri Creek, sightings from a variety of sources, including MCMC's fauna records, have been documented  in a most interesting blog: Swamp Wallaby movements on Lower Merri Creek.

This comprehensive blog reveals two areas along Merri Creek where sightings of Swamp Wallabies are concentrated, and areas where  sightings are much rarer. It also discusses hazards, the revegetation along the creek since 1988, problems caused by dogs, and the lessons for better management of Swamp Wallaby habitat.

Birds of Merri Creek Calendar 2021Merri Creek Calendar 2021 cover

Local photographer, Adi Tudor, has put out another wonderful Birds of Merri Creek calendar and is generously donating half the profits to the Merri Creek Environment Fund. The 2021 calendar features a full page write-up about Friends of Merri Creek and the dates of next year's Merri BirdWatch Surveys.

This is an ideal Christmas present for $27.50, or $35.50 including postage and packaging, or possible free delivery. 
Order by emailing Adi Tudor at: adietudor73@gmail.com with the subject line¬† ‚ÄúMERRI BIRDS CALENDAR.‚ÄĚ

Water Quality Summaries

WW WQ SummariesMerri Creek, Darebin Creek and Edgars Creek Waterwatch data is now easy to discover via MCMC's new Waterwatch Water Quality Summaries.

Find out about the surveys, observations and reports collected by Waterwatch staff and volunteers and learn how your contributions could help shape our understanding of waterway health in the future. 
It's all HERE.

Hanna Swamp & sodic soils problem both recognised

Hanna Swamp aerial mapMCMC is delighted that the October 2020 Planning Panel Panel Report for the Beveridge North West Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) has recognised the importance of Hanna Swamp. Hanna Swamp straddles two large areas proposed for urban development (PSPs). It is part of the Strathaird/Taylors Creek system, a north-west tributary of Merri Creek near Wallan. 

Although the future of Hanna Swamp as a restored wetland is not secured, support from the Panel is a helpful step forward to realising this vision. This reasoning is explored in more detail in a recent Nature Glenelg Trust blog.

A crucial factor in gaining the Panel's support for Hanna Swamp was a presentation made by Mark Bachmann of the Nature Glenelg Trust on behalf of Friends of Merri Creek.  The Friends also successfully argued that biodiversity and regional park planning should be acknowledged in the PSP. 


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'Merri' Christmas cards

PardoloteFlame Robin Merri Christmas card 2018Merri Christmas card 2019

Once again you can wish people a 'Merri Christmas' with these stunning cards featuring the Spotted Pardalote, the Flame Robin and the Sacred Kingfisher. Now  discounted to: $5 each, 10 cards for $20, or 20 cards for $30. An exciting addition is seed packets for three Merri Creek plants: Clustered Everlasting, Chocolate Lily, or Clustered Wallaby Grass, for $2 each.

Order using this Order Form and follow the instructions on the form.
The cards will also be available at the CERES Nursery and the CERES Grocery in Brunswick East.

Look out for more great webinars and (shortly) community events

During the COVID-19 restrictions, MCMC has either organised or assisted with some very successful webinars, most of which have been recorded and posted on our home page. Make sure that you don't miss one by checking out our calendar to see what we've got coming up.

Or, even better, you can be notified about our webinars and face-to-face events (coming soon) by signing up here. You can choose what sorts of events you would like to be notified about. 

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