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Merri e-News December 2023

Merri e-News December 2023
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Newsletter of the Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC)

“Ribbon of Nature” - New Merri Creek Book Out Now

Merri Creek Book coverJust in time for Christmas, this beautiful full colour book, Merri Creek: a ribbon of nature in Melbourne’s North, celebrates 50 years of community efforts to protect and restore one of Melbourne’s most popular waterways. Contributions from more than 20 photographers demonstrate the vibrant flora, fauna, and history of the creek. 
Based on a series of banners developed for Merri Creek Management Committee in 2015, the book highlights the outstanding community achievement since 1975 in transforming the Merri Creek from a weed-smothered drain to a much-loved waterway running through a bushland corridor.

$65 from the Friends of Merri Creek on-line shop

“For thousands of years, the Creek and surrounding lands were a source of food and culture which sustained the traditional custodians, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people. But by 1970 the Merri was in crisis. Heavily polluted, with much of the native vegetation and wildlife gone, it had become a drain and a dumping ground. Over the past few decades, the story of the Merri has been one of transformation. […] Today, the Merri Creek is flourishing again, but there are many challenges ahead and there is still much work to be done. We invite you to join in this community effort.”

Environmental Award to Ex MCMC Manager

Luisa at Merri bek AwardsLuisa Macmillan, MCMC's Manager for over 20 years, was awarded the 2023 Environmental Sustainability Award at Merri-bek City Council Community Awards on 31 October. Luisa was honoured for her leadership in overseing the ecological restoration of Merri Creek parkland in Merri-bek and beyond, making it one of the area's most popular and valued environmental assets and an inspiration for other degraded urban waterways in Melbourne.

Luisa played a key role in developing and maintaining relationships with Merri-bek and the five other Councils on the MCMC, as well as with state government agencies, research and education institutions, and community organisations – particularly Friends of Merri Creek. She has been an effective advocate for  the health of the Merri and tributaries through membership of advisory committees, strategic planning processes, advice on planning permit applications, and appearance at VCAT and Planning Panels. Importantly, she raised awareness of the risks of development on sodic and dispersive soils in the upper Merri catchment, which result in sediment-laden creek flows downstream when disturbed.

Luisa gave thanks to Ann McGregor who nominated her and accepted the award on behalf of: Merri Creek itself; the hundreds of volunteers who have supported Merri Creek over many decades; her work colleagues past and present at MCMC; and Council officers and councillors; all who have been a vital part of Merri Creek’s revitalisation.

Photo: Luisa Macmillan with the 2023 Mayor of Merri-bek, Cr Angelica Panopolous

MCMC acknowledged in Environmental Award

St Albans Grassland burnMetro Trains, a customer of MCMC, was recognised with a High Commendation award in the Excellence in Environmental Outcomes Category at the annual Infrastructure Sustainability Council awards on 7 September, 2023. The Biodiversity Manager of Metro Trains, Ben Roberts, said "I feel the award is a great recognition of the skilled and dedicated effort that MCMC have contributed since the inception of the biosite program. Throughout the program, MCMC have provided a consistent and reliable service which has resulted in the MCMC managed sites steadily recovering over this time, including improving site conditions which have significantly increased threatened species abundance."

Achievements made by Metro Trains at the Biosites include: 314% increase in abundance of threatened species; recovery of three Threatened Ecological Commuities; the return of five previously unrecorded threatened species; and the introduction of regular cool season eco-burns as a "business-as-usual" practice.
 Also see the video of our work with Metro Trains on remnant rail reserves in this segment on Gardening Australia in 2021.

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