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 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, which has Water Sensitive Urban Design features, was developed in 1999, after almost two decades of community advocacy and planning, led by MCMC, with Melbourne Water and the City of Darebin as key partners.
On Sunday 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 (some participants and bags of litter collected in right photo). 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 Waterwatch Coordinator Julia Cirillo (in middle of top photo) tested water quality and monitored wetland aquatic biodiversity with participants lending a hand.
Participants expressed delight at finding this oasis so close to where they live, despite it being here for almost 20 years. See more about Merri Park Wetland here.
Normally, Friends of Merri Park meet monthly for various hands-on activities including weeding, planting and litter clean-up. Whan restrictions ease, check the Calendar for their next activity.
This event was funded by the City of Darebin