Merri Creek Management Committee

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.

 

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.

Well done to Friends of Merri Creek for receiving a a Special Commendation, which was equivalent to coming second in the National Urban Landcare Award. The winner was Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee in NSW, which consists of nine Councils as well as agencies and community representatives within the catchment of Georges River, which runs into Botany Bay. It’s like a supersized version of MCMC.

 

For the first time in over 100 years, local traditional owners have made a single sheet bark canoe at a site nearby the Merri catchment. MCMC worked with many partners to support this project.

In June, the Victorian Government released its final North Growth Corridor Plan, dedicating even more land in the Merri catchment to urban uses. This growth ‘planning’ leaves an indecently narrow corridor along much of Merri Creek, locates a major town centre (Lockerbie) straddling the creek, proposes a non-existent habitat link from Merri Creek to a yet to be defined Red Gum Woodland reserve in Wollert, and whittles away other proposed conservation areas.

Merri Events Calendar

04 Mar 2017;
01:00PM - 03:00PM
MECCARG Site Maintenance

05 Mar 2017;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Merri Magical Gum Morning

05 Mar 2017;
12:00PM - 07:00PM
Sydney Road Street Party

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

12 Mar 2017;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Litter Clean Up – North Coburg (Friends of Merri Creek)

19 Mar 2017;
10:00AM - 12:30PM
1st of 6 Woody Weed Whacking at Bababi Marning (Friends of Merri Creek)