Merri Creek Management Committee

Spotted Pardalote cropped P MollisonBirds and microbats are some of the creatures that need tree-hollows for homes; but sadly most of the trees along the Merri are too young for natural hollows to form.

However you can help - a tax deductible donation to the Merri Creek Environment Fund would provide specially designed nest boxes for Pardalote birds and microbats in Merri Park, Northcote. The nest boxes would be installed by a trained arborist and community volunteers would be trained to monitor them.

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 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.

To find out more about the Merri Creek Environment Fund and the projects it supports, follow this link, scroll down the page and/or read the news items on the left of the page.

Growling Grass Frog metamorph by G HeardIn January some of our field staff were lucky enough to hear several Endangered Growling Grass Frogs (Litoria raniformis) calling from Merri Creek, at two different locations in Fawkner’s Moomba Park Reserve. This is the first time these frogs have been recorded in the lower sections of the Merri for many decades, most likely due to pollution and the loss of their habitat, We don't know how long the frogs might remain in this section of the creek, as they need still or slow moving water to breed in, and heavy rains can make the creek flow ferociously.

Come along and search for Growlers and other frogs at the Frogs in Fawkner event on Friday 26 April at 6:30pm - World Save the Frogs Day. Registration essential hereListen to the Growling Grass Frogs calling from Merri Creek .

Waterwatch SamplingSunday 31 March, 10am-1pm
Join the Merri Creek Management Committee's Waterwatch Coordinator on the upper Merri Creek in Donnybrook to collect data on waterbug diversity for Melbourne Water project priorities. The session will cover sampling and collecting of live macroinvertebrates, and identifying live macroinvertebrates to family level in order to determine the water quality of the Merri Creek. Lunch is provided (please provide dietary requirements). Some previous experience with macroinvertebrate identification is preferred. Bookings essential below. This event is proudly funded by Melbourne Water.

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Annual Report 2018

Check out Merri Creek Management Committee's recent achievements by reading our latest Annual Report. In summary we:

  • organised 42 community events ranging from plantings, sowing seeds, weed management, ecological surveys, waterwatch training, and walks and talks;
  • reached over 6,000 people in our hands-on and education activities;
  • publicised 128 community events (our own and other groups');
  • commented on 18 planning permit applications;
  • supported 'Friends of' groups and hosted numerous volunteers;
  • our financial bottom line was positive!

Western Golden-tip (Goodia medicaginea)Our latest Fauna & Flora report summarises 53 sightings from our fauna book between October 2017 and September 2018, including Platypus and Eastern Rosellas, which are rare in the lower Merri. Significant flora include the Fireweed Groundsel, Senecio linearifolius, which is only known to occur naturally in the catchment at Galada Tamboore, and our experimental plantings of White Elderberry, Sambucus gaudichaudiana, the endangered Tough Scurf-Pea, Cullen tenax, as well as the rare Western Golden-tip, Goodia medicaginea (photo left).