Each year World Wetlands Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Ramsar Convention in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971.
This year Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) joined forces with the Friends of Merri Park for a wetland walk, talk and litter clean up at the beautiful Merri Park wetland in Northcote. This wetland was developed in 1999, after almost two decades of community advocacy and planning. MCMC, with Melbourne Water and the City of Darebin were key partners in its development.
On Sunday 2 February, more than 70 participants came along to help beautify the wetland by removing over 100 kgs of rubbish within the wetlands and along the banks of the Merri Creek (photo right). Participants enjoyed a presentation on how this wetland treats urban stormwater by Friends of Merri Park member Leslie Fraser (in middle of left photo). MCMC's Waterwatch Coordinator tested water quality and monitored wetland aquatic biodiversity with participants lending a hand.
Participants expressed delight at finding this wetland oasis so close to where they live. Some of them did not know of its existence, despite it being here for almost 20 years. You can read more about the history of the Merri Park Wetland in our Information Note.
The Friends of Merri Park normally meet once a month for hands-on activities such as weeding, planting and litter clean-up. Check the Calendar for their next activity when COVID-19 restrictions ease.
This event was funded by the City of Darebin