Merri Creek Management Committee

MCMC Strategic Plan coverThe Strategic Plan is a guiding document for all Merri Creek Management Committee activities and decisions. It provides an excellent overview of MCMC, what we do and how we do it, the benefits that we bring, and the key issues we face.

The Strategic Plan identifies priorities and actions under five strategic focus areas:

  • Leadership & Advocacy
  • Partnerships & Collaboration
  • Waterway Corridor Restoration
  • Education & Engagement and
  • Organisational Strengthening.

You can see the Strategic Plan here (10.8MB PDF).

WW WQ SummariesMerri Creek, Darebin Creek and Edgars Creek Waterwatch data is now easy to discover via MCMC's new Waterwatch Water Quality Summaries.

Find out about the surveys, observations and reports collected by Waterwatch staff and volunteers and learn how your contributions could help shape our understanding of waterway health in the future. 
It's all HERE.

FamilyLitterCleanUpFawkner2019MCMC and Friends of Merri Creek applaud your continued efforts to keep the Merri Creek and its tributaries liberated from the accumulation of plastics, polystyrene and other human made detritus that sadly comes through the stormwater drains, is purposely dumped or thoughtlessly discarded.

We are happy to announce that we can support individuals, one household or members from two households to pick up litter along the Merri or Moonee Ponds Creek as part of your daily exercise as long as you follow the current advice from www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

Creekulum School kidsMerri Creek Management Committee has evaluated Creekulum, Moreland Primary School's ambitious and unprecedented creekside education program from 2019. The report is a visually attractive record suited to all ages. It shows how the community, guest educators and a whole-of-school approach worked together to meet the learning goals of Prep to Grade 6, with the Merri Creek at the centre of all our interests!

The full report is here (7.48MB PDF file).

Congratulations to the joint winners of the annual Moreland Environmental Sustainability Achievement Award: MCMC President, Ann McGregor, and her husband Bruce, for their decades of work on Merri Creek; and Stephen Northey, who founded the Friends of Edgars Creek. Below is a summary of their citations:

Ann & Bruce McGregor: When Ann and Bruce moved to Moreland in 1976, the Merri Creek trail was overgrown with weeds, loads of rubbish and neglected. They saw the Merri Creek as “a damaged asset that just cried out to be restored, not only for people but also for native birds and animals.”
They were founding members of the Friends of Merri Creek and have continued to be active members for over four decades of both the Friends of Merri Creek and the Merri Creek Management Committee, of which Ann is the current President. Without the foresight and commitment of people like Ann and Bruce McGregor, the Merri Creek would not be what it is today - a much loved environmental and social space, a valuable habitat for a range of native animals and home to significant indigenous vegetation.

Powerful Owl familyOn Sunday 20 September, Merri Creek Management Committee held a webinar about our urban relationships with magnificent Powerful Owls. 
Urban Ecologist and PhD Candidate, Nick Bradsworth (Deakin University), and Senior Biodiversity Officer, Craig Lupton (City of Yarra), shared their experience of the secret lives of Powerful Owls (Ninox strenua) in inner Melbourne.

A recording of the presentation is now available, so you can see how we can affect the long-term home for Powerful Owls, even in our own backyards.

This webinar was funded by the City of Yarra. Photo: © David Diehm. Source: https://birdlife.org.au/projects/urban-birds/powerful-owl-project-pow

Nankeen Night Heron CTzarosAt the Merri Birds Webinar, held on Saturday 12 September,  Friends of Merri Creek bird survey leaders highlighted their regular survey sites and spoke about their favourite Merri birds, including the Nankeen Night-Heron, Tawny Frogmouth and Golden-headed Cisticola. An extensive question and answer session followed the presentations.

If you missed out on attending the webinar you can now watch the recording.  

This was a joint event of Friends of Merri Creek and Merri Creek Management Committee.
Photo: Nankeen Night-Heron by C Tzaros.

Galada Tamboore GrasslandsWe celebrated National Threatened Species Day 2020 on 6 September, with 73 participants tuning into a webinar: At home in Whittlesea’s Grasslands.
Michael Longmore, manager of MCMC’s Ecological Restoration Program, and Josh Cox, the Director of Reptile Encounters gave us a virtual tour of Galada Tamboore and some close insights into creatures of the Victorian Volcanic Plain.

A recording of the presentation is now available, full of information about the plants of Galada Tamboore and some terrific creatures including a jumpy Growling Grass Frog. 

The webinar was organised by Merri Creek Management Committee, with funds from the City of Whittlesea and the Commonwealth Government's Communities Environment Program.

Scale Swamp Dunkeld Vic Hanna Swamp, a remnant wetland of the upper Merri, is ripe for restoration. It is vital that imminent planning decisions don't preclude this option. Hanna Swamp lies about 50km north of Melbourne on the eastern side of Herne Swamp near Wallan. The future of Hanna Swamp is the subject of a recent blog and a hard-hitting discussion paper from the Nature Glenelg Trust.

Despite agricultural drainage, Hanna Swamp's morphology persists across the bulk of its original footprint and it still temporarily inundates on a semi-regular basis. Natural wetlands are very forgiving ecosystems, capable of supporting plants that are especially adept at bouncing back after decent rainfall. Sustained recovery of Hanna Swamp is potentially only a single season away, as long as water is retained instead of drained away.

Photo: Spectacular habitat recovery at Scale Swamp, near Dunkeld, SW Victoria in 2017, 3 years after restoration. Prior to restoration, this site was largely devoid of native vegetation and has a broadly similar agricultural drainage history to Hanna Swamp. © NGT

Rubbish on the MerriWith increasing numbers of people using the Merri Creek Shared Path, MCMC is receiving more reports from people concerned about litter and rubbish. We appreciate being notified of these issues. However the best way to get action on dumped rubbish is to report it to the relevant Council, as they are responsible for rubbish clean-ups.

The SnapSendSolve app makes reporting of rubbish easy. You use your phone to snap a photo and send a report. The app knows which Council area you are in. One of our staff members recently used SnapSendSolve for this photo of rubbish under the Moreland Rd bridge over Merri Creek. Moreland Council promptly responded and the rubbish was removed.

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