Merri e-News June 2022

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Merri E-News

JUNE 2022


Newsletter of the Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC)


Merri Creek Environment Fund 2022

Help protect Merri Creek and share its important story

Galada Gorge specky RRIn 2022, donations to the Merri Creek Environment Fund will go towards replacing old signs along the creek in Fawkner with more durable, contemporary ones, as well as adding new ones.

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 to: admin@mcmc.org.au 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 (download it to your computer).

For more information about the Merri Creek Environment Fund click here.

We turn Clean Up Australia Day into a month!

Clean up with Elk groupDuring March 2022, MCMC coordinated a community litter creek clean-up program that removed thousands of pieces of litter and almost 300 kgs in weight from the Merri, Edgars and Moonee Ponds Creeks. This included: 18 staff from the Darebin fashion design business, Elk (photo); almost 40 cubs and adults from the 4th Brunswick Cubs; Glenroy residents, Flower and Vedia, running local clean-up days; 15 people joining Friends of Merri Creek's monthly litter clean-up; 20 Scouts and Venturers from Clifton Hill Scout Group; 10 staff members from the engineering firm, GHD; and 10 keen volunteers from Whittlesea Environment Action Youth Group.

These group’s efforts have been documented on the Litterwatch Vic data portal, enabling the main pollution hot spots to be tracked and help reduce litter at its source.

We can support you to run your own litter clean-up event - contact the Rapid Response to Litter Coordinator, JuliaCirillo@mcmc.org.au.

For further information on running a successful litter clean-up event, see the Friends of Merri Creek website. Proudly funded by the Cities of Darebin, Moreland, Whittlesea and Yarra.

Our biggest ecological burn season

Burn at Ngarri djarrangWe recently finished our 2022 burn program - the biggest ever! Eleven ecological burns were conducted at a range of sites across greater Melbourne. MCMC worked with Darebin City Council to burn Ngarri-djarrang grassland in Reservoir and undertoook burns at a number of Merri grassland sites in Fawkner.  We also conducted burns at Braybrook Grassland, under contract for the Department of Transport, and at rail corridor sites for Metro Trains Melbourne. In order to successfully carry out our burn program, all our Ecological Restoration Team members completed ‘Assist with prescribed burn’ training in April, including six new team members who recently joined us.

Striped Legless Lizards foundStriped Legless Lizard

Over spring/summer, MCMC's Ecological Restoration Team conducted targeted surveys for Striped Legless Lizard (Delmar impar) at multiple sites in the Western Grassland Reserve for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. After many long days flipping tiles, the team were delighted to report multiple Striped Legless Lizard sightings, including finding three of the rare lizards under the one tile!

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