Merri Creek Management Committee

Melbourne & Metropolitan Board of Works Depot, Northcote, circa 1990.
Above: Melbourne & Metropolitan Board of Works Depot, Northcote, circa 1990.

The above depot area transformed into Merri Park Wetlands, circa 2001.

The depot area has been transformed into Merri Park Wetlands, circa 2001.


We are celebrating 41 wonderful years of caring for Merri Creek

We invite you to join this celebration by giving a tax-deductible donation to continue the work.

Your donation will help create more habitat along Merri Creek and to keep this habitat safe from weeds and other risks.


Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

  • To donate on-line with a credit card, use the GiveNow button on the left.
  • Direct Deposit details:

    • BSB 633-000    Account No. 112718523

    • Account Name: Merri Creek Management Committee Inc Merri Creek Environment Fund

  • Make out a cheque to Merri Creek Environment Fund and send to 2 Lee Street, East Brunswick, 3057 with a filled in Donation slip.
  • Or drop in a cash donation at the office. 

Bringing Merri Creek back to life

The Merri Creek Environment Fund is a tax-deductible fund which aims to ensure the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of Merri Creek and its tributaries, their corridors and associated ecological communities.

Donations to the Fund provide a long-term and independent source of funding to continue bringing Merri Creek back to life after 170 years of degradation.

The fund is overseen by three directors committed to Merri Creek and the wider community. They are David Redfearn OAM (Chair), Glenyys Romanes and Jo Connellan.

The Merri Creek Environment Fund  is a fund of the Merri Creek Management Committee, a non-profit organisation committed to ethical investment.

If you would like to make a donation, follow the instructions above.

You may also like to look at our two page brochure about the Merri Creek Environment Fund.


If you would like to discuss leaving a bequest to the Merri Creek, please contact Luisa Macmillan (03) 9380 8199 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  You'll find key information about bequests in our bequests facts document.

The Challenge of Restoring Merri Creek

Merri Creek stretches from the Great Dividing Range to the Yarra River. It flows from foothill forests, through farmland, rocky gorges, rare native grasslands, between quarries and factories and houses in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

After 170 years of degradation the restoration work of the last 30 years has made a huge difference, but there's a lot of work still to do.

The return of the Kingfisher is celebrated by a festival, but many other species are returning to the lower Merri Creek thanks to the revegetation and remnant vegetation protection works which have been carried out.

Improving the water quality of the Creek remains a challenge requiring revegetation of the Creek banks in rural areas, restoration of wetlands or creation of new ones, and better management of the urban catchments.

Completing the habitat corridor linking the foothill forests to the grasslands in the middle catchments and through the suburbs to the Yarra is a huge task.

Rare species in the catchments– there are seven nationally rare or endangered species, and hundreds of species which are rare in the state or in the Merri Creek catchments– need protection. These species need particular attention to ensure that their populations in the Merri Creek catchments flourish. This can involve careful weed control to remove their competition, burning, or collection of seed and re-planting.

For animal species especially, the protection of habitat is crucial, but ongoing management to ensure that habitat remains optimal is also critical.