Crowds at Joes Garden

During lockdowns, we all learned how important our local parks and waterways are to our well-being. Now, a virtual trail along the Merri Creek has been developed to create a greater awareness of people’s connection to the land and water. The Merri Creek Women’s Walk tells the stories of inspiring women who have contributed to the Merri Creek and its local environment, including MCMC’s President, Ann McGregor, and Manager, Luisa Macmillan.

The idea to establish a Women’s Walk along Merri Creek began after hearing about the assault on a woman jogging along the creek in broad daylight in 2019. It was initiated by Meredith Gibbs of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Water Association, and includes the participation of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, MCMC, Friends of Merri Creek and CERES.

Many people joined an on-line launch of the Merri Creek Women’s Walk on Wednesday 20 October 2021, and listened to inspirational women who helped shape the Merri Creek environment. It featured a wonderful Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder, Aunty Di, who shared her personal connection to the Creek. Others too, shared their stories from various locations along the trail.