Merri Creek Management Committee

Uncover hidden histories, Recover lost landscapes, Discover new significance

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. Actual Photo Merri Creek at Cooper St, Epping

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. Actual Photo: Merri Creek at Cooper St, Epping

Robinson Reserve

Robinson Reserve, Preston mid 1980s

Robinson Reserve

Robinson Reserve, Preston 1994

Robinson Reserve

Robinson Reserve, Preston 2008

 

loggingcattle grazinngUncover a creek where majestic trees were removed for fuel.

Which became more valued for its ability to satisfy a cows thirst. Where grazing led to erosion and the collapse of aquatic food chains.

Uncover a creek where rubbish was dumped. Where runoff from urban streets was directed to drain away to the bay.

excavatorUncover a creek where alien trees and weeds were encouraged to grow, crowding out the gums and rushes and water plants.

DrainThe Merri grew to be despised, dangerous and unloved.

To recover the Merri Creek has taken the vision and passion of the community and the cooperation of residents, councils, governments and utilities.

WeedingThe willows and weeds have been replaced with indigenous (local native) creekside plants that attract native wildlife.

Major effort has been needed to stop pollution and rubbish entering the creek and to avoid roads and buildings from crowding out the floodplain.

RevegetationPaths and parks allow people to recover the pleasure of the Merri as it ripples through its rocks.

We thus recover respect for the creek and for ourselves as creek custodians.

We discover that ongoing work is needed to ensure plantings survive and thrive in a changing world.

We discover that the litter in the creek comes from the streets and the drains. By keeping our streets clean, we help keep the Merri clean.

We discover that we can help nature by keeping to paths and respecting wildlife in its habitat. When we slow down, we discover that we are a part of this restoration of nature.

man and dog

platypus and rubbish in the creek echidna and bike rider

Merri Events Calendar

26 Mar 2017;
11:00AM - 05:00PM
Waterwatch stall at the Darebin Kite Festival

01 Apr 2017;
01:00PM - 03:00PM
MECCARG Site Maintenance

02 Apr 2017;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Litter Clean Up – East Brunswick (Friends of Merri Creek)

02 Apr 2017;
02:00PM - 03:30PM
Streamteam Water Quality Testing (Friends of Merri Creek)

06 Apr 2017;
06:00PM - 07:30PM
Frogs of Edwardes Lake

09 Apr 2017;
10:00AM - 12:30PM
Friends of Merri Creek Weeding at Strettle Wetland