Merri Creek Management Committee

PascoeValeGirls in Fawkner with Bikes in RainYear 10 Outdoor and Environmental Studies students from Pascoe Vale Girls Secondary College braved blustery winter conditions, cycling from school to Merri Creek in Fawkner, to join MCMC staff inn exploring habitat values and contributing some hands on work to revegetation. This was part of MCMC's Habitat Heroes project, generously funded by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.

After the the excursion, student Tarryn Clancy wrote to us:

“On Friday 17th June, the girls from Pascoe Vale Girls’, Outdoor Environmental Studies class had the opportunity to learn about the environment along Merri creek. We took the opportunity to prepare for our next bike riding camp and rode to and from the Merri creek where we met the wonderful staff from the Merri Creek Management Committee.
While planting native plants, we discussed the effects different plants and animals have on the environment.
The Merri Creek team were kind enough to teach us the effects we are having on the land. We were also able to learn how to test the clarity of water and what it means when the water in our creeks, streams and rivers are not clear.  We also learnt how to properly plant trees and when the right time was to let them grow out without the protective guards around them. We now know how to make sure that we always have healthy outdoor environments like the Merri Creek because they are so important to Australian food webs and ecosystems.
It was a very special day and even though it rained on us, we all learned so much. We would like to say a big thank you to the Merri Creek Management Committee for your teaching us the importance of maintaining different ecosystems and making the day fun and interesting."

Our sincere thanks to the students for their enthusiastic assistance.

Habitat Heroes SkinartWe recently completed the second year of our fabulous Habitat Heroes project on Merri Creek in Fawkner. Eight community events were held including a community planting with 78 attendees, regular bird surveys, a threatened species talk at the Fawkner Library, and field excursions with students from Pascoe Vale Girls Secondary College and Fawkner’s Darul Ulum Girls' School. All of this great work was supported by a grant the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust. 


MCMC has produced a new leaflet on responsible dog ownership as part of a bushland restoration project based in Preston and Thornbury - funded by Melbourne Water Community Grants. The leaflet outlines how dogs can be managed along the Merri Creek in ways that support local wildlife and ensure that volunteers and park workers can avoid the ‘yuk’ factor. 

Top Ten plants for a local indigenous gardenCommon bluebell small

Are you keen to have indigenous plants in your garden and to contribute to local biodiversity of the Merri?  Here are our top ten plants.  We've chosen them because of their:

  • attractive foliage, form and flower
  • ease of cultivation
  • adaptability to a wide range of conditions
  • size - none are too large or wide for a small garden
  • good value for attracting wildlife
  • ready cultivation by seed, cutting or division

The links below will open on individual plant profiles at the Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association website.

The Ecological Restoration Team

The Ecological Restoration Team manages and restores native vegetation along Merri Creek. Team members are native vegetation management practitioners who generally have qualifications in natural resource management or a related environmental field.

Key Tasks and the volunteering day

The focus of the teams' work is regeneration and restoration of indigenous vegetation, generally within public parklands. Works typically involve weed control (manual and chemical treatments) and planting (during autumn and winter), as well as other related activities such as litter removal, fencing, pruning and trail maintenance. On a day-to-day basis, the team usually works in groups of three to four staff, beginning the day at our works depot (2 Lee St Brunswick East). We start early and work all day in the field, usually quite strenuously.

The volunteer experience with the Ecological Restoration Team is most suited to students and graduates in a natural resource management related field. We also encourage those who would like to 'try out' their interest in this field of work, or those from other industries who would like to gain an insight into our work, or want to contribute to the Merri Creek's restoration. We try to be flexible to accommodate volunteers' needs; however flexibility and capacity to host volunteers may be limited at times because we have to meet our workplace commitments.

Below is an outline of the day-to-day operation of the team, what we provide and what volunteers need to bring along.

- the Ngarri-djarrang (Central Creek) example
Brian Bainbridge March 2009

Summary and introductory information

The State significant Ngarri-djarrang[1] Grassland Reserve covers approximately nine hectares of remnant volcanic plain grassland[2] to the east of Central Creek, a tributary of Merri Creek in the northern Melbourne suburb of Reservoir, Victoria, Australia. Threatened by weed invasion, adhoc biomass reduction and uncontrolled access, restorationof this site has been an ongoing commitment of the Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) since 1993.

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