The changing fortunes of Merri Creek come alive in a new series of displays that demonstrate how far we’ve come in restoring the creek. Images from Merri Creek Management Committee’s treasure trove of records contrast the different eras of the Merri corridor.

If you weren’t around twenty years ago you’ll be surprised at how much the landscape of the Merri has changed since the 1980’s. You can help play a role in its future.

Merri Creek, Robinson Reserve, Preston

Merri Creek, Preston - once surrounded by majestic trees, diverse aquatic vegetation and a chorus of frog calls. It may have     looked like this prior to European settlement.

 Photo left: Merri Creek at Cooper St, Epping.

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Aitken Creek Craigieburn

Aitken Creek, Craigieburn - once surrounded by dense tussock grasslands, ancient red gums and teeming with wildlife. It may have looked like this prior to European Settlement.

Photo left: Malcolm Creek, Craigieburn.

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Wetland, Hall Reserve, Clifton Hill

Wetlands were once common throughout the Merri Creek catchment and offered habitat for scores of fish, insects, birds, lizards and frogs. Some of them may have looked like this.

Photo left: Hall Reserve Wetland, Clifton Hill.

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The displays have also been produced as laminated flip-charts that can be seen at plantings and school visits.

The displays were produced by Merri Creek Management Committee for a Friends of Merri Creek project funded by a Federal Community Water Grant.

The Uncover, Recover and Discover project also included community plantings and Waterwatch events at:

  • Merri Creek, Robinson Reserve, Preston;
  • Hall Reserve wetland, Clifton Hill; and
  • Aitken Creek Reserve. Craigieburn

These plantings are helping to restore the dynamic vegetation that fringes the creek, wetlands and tributaries.