Merri Creek Management Committee

Kid CatchmentMap 2018 BrunswickLibraryInside: Led by MCMC staff, about 20 families got out of the January heatwave and into the cool of the Brunswick Library for the little kids to look at different local plants and make monoprints with them. Our Merri Creek Catchment Map helped everyone think more about where we are and how we're connected.

SV Rotary Feb2018Outside: On another day, another place, we went out exploring the new wetland near the confluence of the Merri and Edgars Creeks in Coburg with members of Moreland Rotary. It was fantastic to stroll in the shade of the gum trees, walk around the wetland and enjoy the gorgeous habitat. The engineering is hidden, but it is great for us all to consider how this haven intercepts and treats polluted urban stormwater before it gets to our local creeks.

Walk & Talk - World Wetlands Day 2018To celebrate 2018 World Wetland Day, MCMC led 19 participants on a walk and talk around the picturesque Edwardes Lake in Reservoir on 1st February. This year’s theme was Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future and Edwardes Lake, Edgars Creek and associated wetlands were a very appropriate locale (see why below). Attendees learnt about water quality testing, the current ecological health of the waterbodies and how the wetlands and Gross Pollution Traps (GPTs) help improve water quality. They also got to see a local Spotted Marsh Frog. 

low res Ebina monitor on the Edgars CreekThe MCMC Waterwatch program, funded by Melbourne Water and Darebin, Moreland, Whittlesea and Yarra Councils, supported volunteer monitoring of waterway health at 13 sites across the Merri, Moonee Ponds and Darebin Creek catchments, and the lower Yarra. Our Waterwatch Report summarises the key findings of the Waterwatch volunteers’ hard work collecting monthly water quality results.

IMG 0759In response to a call out for new volunteers in January, four eager participants joined MCMC to test water quality in Merri Creek in Northcote/Brunswick. The volunteers completed a full suite of water testing for nutrients, dissolved oxygen, sediment, pH and salinity. This site is sampled monthly to get an accurate idea of its water quality, but more volunteers are needed for the group. If you're interested, contact MCMC's Waterwatch Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 9380 8199. Thank you to Darebin and Moreland Councils for supporting this group and the event.

Participants identifying waterbugs at the waterbug censusTwelve passionate participants spent a sunny morning up to their knees in the Darebin Creek in late February 2017. They were learning how to collect and identify live Waterbugs (aquatic macroinvertebrates) at MCMC Waterwatch’s latest Waterbug Census workshop.

Merri Events Calendar

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

02 Jun 2018;
01:00PM - 03:00PM
MECCARG Mabo Day Murnong Propagation

03 Jun 2018;
10:00AM - 12:30PM
Moreland City Council World Environment Day Planting & Litter Clean-up

03 Jun 2018;
02:00PM - 03:30PM
Streamteam Water Quality Testing - Friends of Merri Creek

17 Jun 2018;
10:00AM - 12:30PM
Community Planting & BBQ - Fawkner

17 Jun 2018;
01:00PM - 03:00PM
Friends of Edgars Creek Planting