Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) held a hugely popular Walk and Talk on the Darebin Parklands Spiritual Trail in Alphington on Sunday 5 May. The event was led by Uncle Trevor Gallagher, a Gunditjmara Elder with Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung speaking rights. There were over 60 bookings when the booking system was shut down two weeks before the event!
Uncle Trevor used storytelling, dance and audience participation to present information on Aboriginal history, culture and contribution, focusing on Darebin Creek. Also, MCMC's Waterwatch Coordinator, Julia Cirillo, pointed out current waterway issues, tested the water quality, and explained how people can improve the ecological health of our creeks.
It was wonderful to see the respect, caring and engagement of all participants. Given the popularity of the event, we hope to run it again in future years.
We were able to run this event because of an MCMC Waterwatch funding and delivery agreement with Darebin City Council.