Merri Creek Management Committee

MCMC was successful in gaining $81,236 from a Federal Govt Caring For Our Country Grant and also $20,000 from a Melbourne Water Community Grant to Friends of Merri Creek.

A large part of the rural upper Merri catchment has been identified as an 'Investigation Area' for Melbourne's new Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). The State Government has announced that one of the developments in this area will be a $350 million interstate freight terminal for the Donnybrook/Beveridge area, an initiative of its "Freight Futures" strategy (external link).

MCMC contributed to a magnificent 16 piece mural featured at the 2008 Riversymposium in Brisbane.

The “River Tapestries” commemorates the tenth anniversary of the Thiess Riverprize (won by MCMC in 2002). The Merri Creek contribution (right) was painted by local artist, Jo Waite, to represent special features of the Merri landscape. The full tapestry can be seen at http://www.riverfoundation.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=103&Itemid=65=65www.riverfoundation.org.au

Photo: NMIT students learn and contribute to regeneration works at Robinson Reserve, Preston.* MCMC’s Parkland Team hosted 61 community events including planting, weeding, jute laying and mulching days, workshops and tours (including ‘safaris’) for residents, Friends, community and corporate groups.
* MCMC planted 41,340 plants. 82% were ground storey and 11% were semi-aquatic species. Lately, more of our plantings have been drought-tolerant species.
* Volunteers contributed 5,994 hours, valued at $179,820, to restoration of the Merri Creek and its tributaries. Corporate groups spent 1,514 of these hours planting, weeding and mulching for the Merri.
* MCMC’s Parkland Team supported 350 students from 11 education institutions to learn about the ecology and management of the Merri Creek environs.
* MCMC’s Catchment Program held 251 sessions with 2420 participants.
* Waterwatch held 276 sessions with 6139 participants.

* MCMC supported three work experience students and hosted four volunteers, most doing work placements.

Photo: NMIT students learn and contribute to regeneration works at Robinson Reserve, Preston. Project funded by SP AusNet through Landcare Australia.

During September and October 2008, MCMC formed a special Stream Health Team to work in partnership with Environment Protection Authority (EPA) officers from the Yarra River Investigation and Response Program. Together, almost 100 workplaces were visited in an industrial area in West Heidelberg. Stormwater runoff from this area into Darebin Creek is a known pollution ‘hotspot’.