Merri Creek Management Committee

Salli doing DNA sampling on Moonee Ponds Creek StrathmoreIn spring 2021, MCMC helped 18 volunteers collect water samples from 11 sites on the Yarra River, Merri and Moonee Ponds Creeks in the first ever Citizen Science Great Australian Platypus Search.

The Great Australian Platypus Search trains volunteers to collect samples from waterways safely and accurately so that platypus presence within the last 24-48 hours can be detected. A large syringe and filters are used to capture DNA, samples are taken directly from a waterway and shipped to the EnviroDNA laboratory for analysis. Volunteers have submitted samples from sites all over Victoria. Waterwatch turbidity sampling was also completed and added to the Waterwatch Victoria data portal.

Nature StewardsAfter coming out of lockdown in November 2021, MCMC had the chance to meet up with a fun bunch of nature stewards. Nature Stewards is an interactive and engaging 10 week outdoor learning program for anyone aged over 18 who wants to learn more about their local environment and to help protect and enhance it.

The enthusiastic Nature Stewards completed Waterwatch water testing, water bug collection and identification and assessment of a wetland, amongst the gorgeous gums at Le Page Homestead, Plenty Gorge Parklands.  Thanks to the City of Whittlesea for funding this great program.

Wallan rail reserve showing eucalypts with a grassy understoreyA hidden natural gem has been re-discovered by members of the Wallan Environment Group (WEG) in the far upper reaches of the Merri Creek catchment.

The 1.2km section of the former Heathcote Junction to Bendigo railway line near Hidden Valley in Wallan has been unmanaged and unused by trains for more than 50 years, however the significant natural values of the site have persisted. The area has remnants of the native vegetation that once covered the surrounding area. Otherwise these are limited to small, fragmented patches on roadsides.

The native vegetation however is under pressure from weed invasion especially large patches of Gorse and Blackberry, as well as Briar Rose and other woody weeds and the emerging and highly invasive South African Weed Orchid (Disa bracteata).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         MCMC Waterwatch was invited to deliver a one day Waterwatch workshop to the Narrap Team in early December 2021. The Narrap Team (Narrap means Country in Woi Wurrung) will be monitoring the outcomes of environmental water received in the past two years into billabongs and wetlands on the floodplain of the middle Birrarung (Yarra River), particularly the Bolin Bolin and Banyule Billabong. Their data will be shared with stakeholders as well as uploaded onto the Waterwatch data portal.

A two page article about MCMC's involvement with Moreland Primary School's recent Creekulum program featured in the Autumn 2021 edition of the Australasian Parks and Leisure journal. The article highlights public parks as rich places for school children’s outdoor learning, using Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) - innovatively grounded in Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung cultural perspectives - and leaving no footprint. You can see the article, entitled Parking the school: Learning about Country from the ground up, here. The project evaluation report for Creekulum is here.

Merri Events Calendar

20 Aug 2022;
11:00AM - 01:00PM
LGBTIQ Friends of Bababi Djinanang Weed workshop

21 Aug 2022;
01:00PM - 03:00PM
Friends of Edgars Creek Planting

24 Aug 2022;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Wednesday Volunteers - Friends of Merri Creek

03 Sep 2022;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Friends of Merri Park Hand Weeding

03 Sep 2022;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Grasslands of Galada Tamboore Project – Woody Weeding #3 - MCMC

04 Sep 2022;
09:00AM - 12:30PM
Friends of Edwardes Lake Litter Clean-up