Merri Creek Management Committee

 

During 2010 Catchment Programs at Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) received grants from The Ian Potter Foundation and The Council of Australian Museum Directors to develop and deliver programs to highlight Indigenous cultural heritage of the Merri Creek catchment.

The indigenous biodiversity that MCMC works to conserve is, for the Traditional Owners of this country, the Wurundjeri, inseparable from their ancestral stories.  For example, the Wurundjeri Creation story features Bunjil and Waa (the Wedge-tailed eagle and Crow), fire, yams and a kangaroo skin bag. The story holds essential traditional clan knowledge about kinship, marriage partners and social responsibilities.

Through our Indigenous, Indigenous project we worked with old friends, made new friends and worked together in new ways. We visited wonderful creeks, grasslands, valleys and wetlands in the Merri catchment as well as Melbourne Museum’s Bunjilaka (the place of Bunjil). We found ways to get to know more about Indigenous cultural heritage and indigenous flora and fauna by spending time creatively. Together we printed indigenous plants, made paper Sacred Kingfishers, created banners, twined grasses, drew, dug and explored.

The following ‘movie’ tells a story of Indigenous cultural heritage and indigenous flora and fauna - Indigenous, Indigenous.

Merri Creek Indigenous cultural projects from Merri Creek Management Committee on Vimeo.

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Merri Events Calendar

18 Aug 2018;
10:30AM - 12:30PM
Friends of Coburg Lake and surrounds, planting near De Chene Pde, North Coburg

19 Aug 2018;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Friends of Merri Park Planting

19 Aug 2018;
01:00PM - 03:00PM
Friends of Edgars Creek Planting

29 Aug 2018;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Wednesday Volunteering

01 Sep 2018;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Friends of Merri Park Hand Weeding

01 Sep 2018;
01:00PM - 03:00PM
Merri Murnong Adopt a wildflower