Merri Creek Management Committee

Pollution Sign at Edwardes LakeThree separate fires at industrial premises threatened Merri waterways during January/February 2017. One resulted in serious impacts on Edwardes Lake in Reservoir. The Merri Catchment includes significant industrial areas and the risk of fire runoff polluting Merri Creek is of increasing concern. We are grateful for the prompt and skilled response of Melbourne Water teams in managing the runoff from these fires. Nevertheless, it's time for a hard look at how to effectively protect our waterways from the threat of pollution from industrial areas, whether from fires, accidental spills or illegal discharge. 

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.

Annual Report cover small2014-15 was a busy year of many activities on Merri Creek:

  • Plantings, surveys, weed control and ecological burns at over 60 sites.
  • 17,815 plants put in the ground.
  • 39 hands-on community events and interpretative tours.
  • Educational and engagement sessions that reached over 9,000 people.
  • Working alongside Wurundjeri Elders and the Wurundjeri Narrap team on land management.

Read about these achievements and more in our latest Annual Report. Highlights are in the President’s Report.  Our on-ground achievements are in the Parkland Management section, and fauna information is in a separate Fauna Report. The environmental awareness spread by our Catchment Program, our Planning & Coordination activities, and of course our yearly finances are also in the Annual Report. More financial details are in the Auditor’s Report.

 

If you're wondering what Merri Creek Management Committee does, take a look at our 2016 Annual Report. It summarises our activities for the last year and includes reports from our President and each of our activity areas: Planning & Coordination, Parkland Management, and Catchment Program. Plus there's a summary of our finances, our major sources of funding and key areas of spending. The 2016 Auditor's Report is also available. 

Saturday 1st June 2013 was the wettest June day in Melbourne on record. The Merri Creek catchment received rainfall above 57 mm fromFlooding aftermath - bridge to Coburg pool 350 x 197 9am Friday 31st May to 11am on Saturday 1st June.

The rain led to the media issuing a “major flood warning” at Bell St and St Georges Rd in Coburg. This means that the water was 5m above its normal level.

The flood left huge amounts of mud, litter and debris on the Merri shared path. MCMC and Moreland City Council still went ahead with a planting in Coburg on the next day to celebrate World Environment Day, despite having most of the mulch swept away and mud filling up the holes that had been dug previously.

The Melbourne Times Weekly also has a gallery of photos of the flood at Coburg Lake.

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Merri Events Calendar

01 Jul 2017;
01:00PM - 03:00PM
MECCARG Planting indigenous species

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

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

05 Jul 2017;
06:30PM - 08:30PM
"Murnong Encounters" Talk

16 Jul 2017;
10:00AM - 12:30PM
"BBB Planting" & BBQ Reservoir

16 Jul 2017;
01:00PM - 03:00PM
Friends of Edgars Creek Planting