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. It is a great day to visit a nearby nature neighbourhood wetland.
This year Merri Creek Management Committee Waterwatch and Catchment Education Programs joined forces with the Friends of Merri Park for a wetland walk and talk and litter clean up at the beautiful Merri Park wetland in Northcote. This wetland, which has Water Sensitive Urban Design features, was developed in 1999, after almost two decades of community advocacy and planning, led by Merri Creek Management Committtee (MCMC), with Melbourne Water and the City of Darebin as key partners.
MCMC has continued to work with the community and its partners to strengthen the wetland's water treatment and habitat values, which has eventuated in an amazing refuge for wildlife along the lower Merri Creek.
Further details on this wetland are here.
On Sunday over 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 (some participants and bags of litter collected in right photo). Particpants enjoyed presentations on how the wetlands treat urban stormwater by Friends of Merri Park member Leslie Fraser (in middle of left photo), tested water quality and monitored wetland aquatic biodiversity by MCMC Waterwatch Coordinator Julia Cirillo (in middle of top photo).
Many participants expressed delight at finding this oasis so close to where they live and despite it being here for close to 20 years, many did not know it existed.
The Friends of Merri Park meet monthly for a variety of hands on activities including weeding, planting and litter collection. View the Calender to join them on their next activity.
This event was funded by the City of Darebin