Generous donations to the Merri Creek Environment Fund of more than $21,000 have enabled a great start to planting up critical habitat gaps along Merri Creek.
The first community planting funded by public donations was at a highly degraded Merri Creek site near Lorne St Fawkner, in 2015. In 2016 community volunteers came back to the same area, expanded the site, and planted grasses and wildflowers between the well-established shrubs from the previous year. All plants from these two events are growing vigorously and are being cared for by the professional ecological restoration staff at the Merri Creek Management Committee.
August 2016 - Community lend a hand planting grasses and wildflowers between shrubs planted in 2015. The site is beside Merri Creek near Lorne St, Fawkner.
In 2017 the focus for the Merri Creek Environment Fund moved to a habitat gap on Merri Creek near Bababi Djinanang Native Grassland, also in Fawkner. Forty-four enthusiastic volunteers helped out at a planting day in mid-May.