Merri Creek Management Committee

South African Weed Orchid editedWebMCMC congratulates Friends of Merri Creek for obtaining a $23,242 Community Grant from Port Phillip & Western Port Catchment Management Authority to control the highly invasive South African Weed Orchid (Disa bracteata). The grant will support Friends of Merri Creek’s fledgling Special Weed Orchid Terminator volunteers to continue their weed control work. Along with MCMC staff expertise, the Darebin Council's Green Army team’s enthusiasm, and the methodical surveys of volunteer Andrew Kuhlmann, SWOT systematically searched 80% of Ngarri-djarrang grassland in 2017, and removed over 1,500 Weed Orchids.

The South African Weed Orchid was first recorded in the Merri Creek valley in 2013. A dozen plants were promptly removed. Unfortunately this speedy removal wasn’t quick enough and the Weed Orchid has spread through nine hectares of state-significant grasslands at Ngarri-djarrang Grassland in Reservoir.

Each Weed Orchid flower can produce tens of thousands of tiny seeds which are easily spread on the wind, on vehicles, tools and clothing, threatening native grasslands around Melbourne. Its fleshy leaves and tubers compete with indigenous wildflowers like orchids, lilies and other herbs for prime space between the grass tussocks.

Disa ngarri 2017In 2018, the following actions are planned:

  • expansion of MCMC’s regular ecological burn program at Ngarri-djarrang, to target Weed Orchid hotspots and make the search and removal effort more efficient
  • hosting six volunteer ‘search and destroy’ field days in October (if you would like to be involved, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • thorough mapping of the extent of infestation and spread of the Weed Orchid, and
  • development of an action plan to continue Weed Orchid control.

Merri Events Calendar

21 Nov 2018;
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Discovering the Frogs of Edwardes Lake, Reservoir

23 Nov 2018;
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Nature Play at Clifton Hill

23 Nov 2018;
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Discover the Frogs of the Merri Edgars wetlands

24 Nov 2018;
10:30AM - 01:30PM
Aitken Creek Walk/or Bike Tour - Now CANCELLED

25 Nov 2018;
08:45AM - 10:30AM
Merri Bird Survey 4 for 2018 (continued) - Friends of Merri Creek

28 Nov 2018;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Wednesday Volunteering - Fawkner