Merri Creek Management Committee

Coolaroo fireRunoff from the recent fire at a recycling plant in Coolaroo has led to the deaths of at least 250 carp and mosquito fish in a downstream lake at Jack Roper Reserve, Broadmeadows. The recycling plant is next to Merlynston Creek, a tributary of Merri Creek. Authorities worked hard to pump out contaminated fire water runoff from the creek. However some of the contamination moved into the lake, and dissolved oxygen levels fell with consequent effects.

Fortunately the levels of dissolved oxygen are now gradually increasing.  Warning signs are in place for people to avoid fishing in the creek or lake until further notice. Water quality monitoring  is  also being conducted further downstream and if needed,  additional contaminated more water will be removed.

MCMC continues to be greatly concerned at the impact of serious industrial fires on the waterways of the Merri catchment.  There have been six fires in less than two years - six too many!  We are hopeful that the recently announced taskforce to  investigate the Coolaroo fire will look at stronger and more effective regulatory powers for the EPA and/or Councils. The risk to our waterways from fires at inadequately managed industrial sites is unacceptable. Read about two industrial fires in 2015/16 and impacts on the Merri and the three industrial fires earlier in 2017.

Merri Events Calendar

24 Feb 2018;
10:00AM - 03:00PM
Autumn Waterbug Census training

25 Feb 2018;
08:45AM - 10:30AM
Friends of Merri Creek Bird Survey 1 for 2018 (continued)

03 Mar 2018;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Friends of Merri Park Litter Clean-up

04 Mar 2018;
09:00AM - 10:30AM
Streamteam Water Quality Testing and Waterbug census

04 Mar 2018;
09:00AM - 05:00PM
Clean Up Australia Day

04 Mar 2018;
09:15AM - 11:30AM
Bus tour: Exploring Unique Galada Tamboore Grasslands