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Growling Grass Frogs breeding! Merri e-News March 2024

Growling Grass Frogs breeding! Merri e-News March 2024
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Merri E-News

march 2024


Newsletter of the Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC)


Donor-funded survey reveals Growling Grass Frogs breeding at new wetlands

The dusk light is fading and a small group, gathered at the edges of a wetland, switch their spotlights on and cast beams across scattered grasses and ponds. The February night is warm and still – perfect for spotting frogs. The group, three surveyors from Merri Creek Management Committee and Merri-bek Council, are scouring a new wetland at Moomba Park, Fawkner, for the presence of the Growling Grass Frog, which until recently, hasn’t been seen locally for over 50 years.

The Growling Grass Frog is a ground-dwelling tree frog that was once abundant along the Merri Creek, but whose calls went largely unheard in the area in the 1970s. The species is now listed at both state and federal levels as vulnerable, having disappeared entirely from some areas, including the extent of the Australian Capital Territory. In 2019 however, Merri Creek residents were thrilled to report the distinctive call was being heard locally once more.

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International Women’s Day

Today, on Friday 8th March, stories of women making a difference to the green spaces where Melburnians connect with nature are being told across our beautiful city. On  International Women’s Day, we recognise and celebrate the contribution of women and female-identifying changemakers to the restoration of these spaces, both in the broader urban conservation community and along the banks of our much-loved Merri Creek.

Women play a critical role in the protection and restoration of green spaces across Australia, something which is understood by our friends at the annual Women in Conservation breakfast and Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA).

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Merri community celebrates 50 years at Ribbon of Nature book launch

In November last year, friends, neighbours, volunteers, activists, writers, photographers and scientists, bound by a shared love of the Merri Creek, came together to celebrate an incredible story of restoration and transformation – a story told within the pages of Merri Creek: A Ribbon of Nature in Melbourne’s North. The book is artfully designed and beautifully written to reminisce on a half-century of achievement for our much-loved creek.

A Ribbon of Nature first came to life as the vision of the four directors of the Merri Creek Environment Fund (which funds some of the work carried out by Merri Creek Management Committee) stewarded by Ann Sanson but soon became a passion project for many people revelling in the telling of this inspiring story.

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GreenLinks grants awarded to Merri Creek

Swamp Wallabies, Wood Ducks, microbats, platypuses and pardalotes are among the many animals that are set to benefit from the recent awarding of over $800,000 in GreenLinks grant funding for four Merri community groups: Merri Creek Management Committee (with Friends of Merri Creek), Friends of Edwardes Lake, Merri-bek Council (with Friends of Edgars Creek) and the Wollert Community Farm.

“We are thrilled that the Victorian Government has recognised the incredible value that one of the best-loved creeks in Melbourne’s north gives to people and creatures alike,” said Merri Creek Management Committee Executive Officer Bernadette Thomas.

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A time of change at Merri Creek Management Committee

As Merri Creek Management Committee approaches its 35th year of operation, we celebrate both the enduring culture of our organisation as well as anticipating a time of growth and change. In 2023 we farewelled team members who have supported the Merri Creek with passion for many years, including Ray Radford, who served the organisation for 28 years and who remains involved as a volunteer with Friends of Merri Creek.

Ray is known for stewarding the Merri e-News and Annual Reports, his hands-on work organising many Woody Weed Whacking events, his tenacious pursuit of the usage of Woi-wurrung names for Merri grasslands and his overall versatility to help the organisation with whatever it has needed.

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