Merri e-News August 2022

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Merri E-News

AUGUST 2022


Newsletter of the Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC)


marran baba Merri Creek Regional Parklands Consultation

MarranBabaConsultationThe Victorian Government is inviting people to have a say on the establishment of the marran baba Merri Creek Regional Parklands. You can complete a survey, make a submission, or attend an online engagement session. Consultation closes on 18 August. More information HERE.

MCMC supports this parklands initiaitive and was pleased to attend the launch of the community consultation by the Minister for Environment and Climate Action, the Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, in mid-July. With the magnificent backdrop of Galada Tamboore providing an apt illustration, the Minister spoke of the qualities of the park and the opportunities it will provide for linking trails, open spaces and conservation areas.

Photo: MCMC Manager, Luisa Macmillan, at right, with the Minister for Environment & Climate Action at left. 


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Successful Merri Creek Environment Fund Appeal

Galada Gorge specky RROur heartfelt thanks to the 70 generous donors to our 2022 Merri Creek Environment Fund Appeal, Protect Merri Creek and share its important story.  We were delighted to receive $18,221 which will go towards improving information for the community about Merri Creek and interpretation of its important places. This includes replacement of tired old signs with more contemporary approaches and providing a template that could be used along the length of the Merri Creek.

Tour the Merri Catchment - Virtually

Merri Creek Tour Catchment mapMCMC has created a new virtual tour of the Merri Catchment that uses aerial photos from Google Earth to illustrate the geography of Merri Creek.  The tour can be viewed on any computer or mobile phone HERE.

The tour shows the Merri Catchment in the context of Australia and Victoria, the Wurundjeri Woi Worung lands and the basalt plains. It explains what a catchment is and shows the Merri's relationship to the Great Dividing Range and neighbouring catchments, then looks at each of the Merri's subcatchments. It illustrates the underlying basalt geography of most of the catchment, visits its volcanoes and explains how basalt has been used. It's a great introduction to the catchment, and the aerial photography makes it easy to understand.


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Art Exhibition & Cards inspired by Merri Creek

LanaDaubermannCards fanLocal artist, Lana Daubermann's solo exhibition, The Light Between (at Pentridge's Divisions Gallery until 14 August), takes us to quiet spaces along Merri Creek. Lana has packs of eight greeting cards for sale at the gallery or on her website and she is generously donating $25 from each pack to the Merri Creek Environment Fund.

Like many people during the lockdowns, Lana gravitated toward Merri Creek and was inspired by what she found. The 5km restriction made her aware of the lack of public green space available in the densely built northern suburbs.

Moreland City Council now Merri-bek City Council

We welcome Moreland City Council's decision to change its name to the Woiwurrung phrase Merri-bek, which means 'rocky country'. Moreland collaborated with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation on the renaming. We are particularly pleased that the new name has strong links to Merri Creek, or Merri Merri as the name wwas originally recorded, which means 'very rocky'.  We expect to see the new name on digital materials and major signage later this year after it receives formal approval from the Govenor in Council. We will update our own materials at that point to reflect the new name of our member Council.

500 Silver Banksia Seedlings for the Merri

Silver Banksias at MCMCMCMC has received 500 Silver Banksia seedlings (Banksia marginata, tree form) from the Friends of the Forgotten Woodlands, a volunteer group working to rebuild the Banksia, Bursaria and Sheoak woodlands that were once a keystone of the Victorian Volcanic Plains. The seedlings will be planted into our new Tree Banksia Orchard in Fawkner, which will bring together genetic material from ten different Silver Banksia populations on the volcanic plains, along with material from three populations from places matching Melbourne’s future modelled climate. The Banksia project was made possible by generous donations to the Merri Creek Environment Fund.

Come along and help plant out the Orchard on Wednesday 24 August at 10am, at the east end of Jukes Rd, Fawkner.


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Vale Inspirational ethno-botanist, Dr Beth Gott

Dr Beth GottAlthough Dr Beth Gott’s extraordinarily distinguished scientific career as an ethno-botanist ended on 8 July, her legacy will endure. Dr Gott helped us to understand, preserve and recover indigenous flora and learn about fire regimes, Aboriginal languages, bush medicines and the multiple seasons of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung calendar. She deepened our conception of nearby cultural places enabling us to conceive of Merri Creek as Wurundjeri Country. Her commitment to scholarship, field work, learning and the community was always with acknowledgement of and respect for Traditional Custodians. Even well into her 90’s, Beth joined local Merri community events and taught us more about murnong, the yam daisy that was once so wide-spread across the grassslands of the Merri and beyond.


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Lots happening in the Upper Merri

Nest Boxes Wallan Park WEG and ScoutsThere's lots of events happening at the top of the Merri catchment involving the Upper Merri Landcare Facilitator, Chris Cobern. Some recent events were: Workshop on Nesting Boxes for Wildlife on 29 June at Wallan Scout Hall (photo); Wallan Environment Group planted 270 plants in and around the Indigenous Use Garden at Taylors Creek Reserve in Wallan on 13 June; various local groups removed patches of Blackberry, Gorse and Briar Rose from along the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail on 10 April;  Wallan Secondary College students and others planted 1000 native trees and shrubs along at Hadfield Park in Wallan on 4 April as part of the Hadfield Park Naturalisation project.

Chris's position is hosted by MCMC with a grant from Victorian Government Landcare Facilitators. For more detail, see the latest Upper Merri Landcare News HERE, or subscribe to receive their newsletter (and other events) HERE.

MCMC partnership with Wurundjeri Community

Wurundjeri partnership with Uncle Dave talkingWe recently completed the second phase of a multi-year collaboration between MCMC and the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation (WWCHAC). The project is funded by a grant from the City of Yarra to explore cultural and ecological values at the Merri and Birrarung Confluence. 

The slideshows from two online events - Talking Merri Birrarung: Caring for Country where the Merri flows into Birrarung (Yarra River) in December 2021 and January 2022 - reflect the project’s goal to enrich community connections to Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country. They are valuable resources on local intercultural responses to Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung cultural practices.


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