|Above: Melbourne & Metropolitan Board of Works Depot, Northcote, circa 1990.|
|The depot area has been transformed into Merri Park Wetlands, circa 2001.|
2016 SPECIAL APPEAL
We are celebrating 40 wonderful years of caring for Merri Creek
We invite you to join this celebration by giving a tax-deductible donation to continue the work.
We are fund-raising for two major projects:
PLANTING UP THE GAP - CONNECTING NATIVE VEGETATION HABITAT ALONG MERRI CREEK
Donations in 2014 kick-started this great project in Fawkner; 2015 donations continued it. Let's keep up the momentum and continue to 'plant up the habitat gap.'
CARING FOR OUR CREEK - SUSTAINING MERRI CREEK HABITAT
You weed and care for your home garden and Merri Creek is no different. A lot of effort is needed to make sure precious indigenous plants are not smothered by weeds and that new habitat is given the best chance to mature.
Ongoing care of habitat rarely gets government grants funding, yet it is vital to maximise the benefits from restoration works and plantings.
Your donation keeps habitat safe.
Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.
- To donate on-line with a credit card, use the GiveNow button at top of page or bottom left of this page.
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.
2014 & 2015 Merri Creek Environment Fund Special Appeals
Donations to the 2014 & 2015 Appeals were spent on:
PLANTING UP THE GAP- CONTINUING NATIVE VEGETATION HABITAT ALONG MERRI CREEK
Over 30 people turned up on Mother’s Day in May 2015, despite an early deluge of rain,to help to plant out grasses at a long neglected section of the Merri Creek at Fawkner.
A community planting day at this site will be held on Sunday 14 August 2016 to continue the work of creating new habitat.
To ensure the grasses survive over the critical first two years, Merri Creek Management Committee staff are regularly keeping weeds under control.
PRESERVING 25 YEARS OF MERRI HISTORY
The fabulous exhibition: Merri Creek - from wasteland to parklands is now touring around the municipalities which have been part of that story. Donations helped make this exhibition a reality. Check out the details on the events calendar on lower left hand-side of page.
A FACELIFT FOR MERRI CREEK - BRUNSWICK EAST
One of the early sites of the Merri Creek’s recovery was a planting of Redgums near CERES in the 1980s. The site has been managed by Merri Creek Management Committee for over 20 years. CERES uses this site to introduce the history of Merri Creek’s restoration to thousands of children and visitors each year. A community planting day was held on 15 May 2016 to help improve this site and fill in some of the gaps.
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.
See the colour two page brochure.
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.