MCMC is delighted that the October 2020 Planning Panel Panel Report for the Beveridge North West Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) has recognised the importance of Hanna Swamp. Hanna Swamp straddles two large areas proposed for urban development (PSPs). It is part of the Strathaird/Taylors Creek system, a north-west tributary of Merri Creek near Wallan.
Although the future of Hanna Swamp as a restored wetland is not secured, support from the Panel is a helpful step forward to realising this vision. This reasoning is explored in more detail in a recent Nature Glenelg Trust blog.
A crucial factor in gaining the Panel's support for Hanna Swamp was a presentation made by Mark Bachmann of the Nature Glenelg Trust on behalf of Friends of Merri Creek. The Friends also successfully argued that biodiversity and regional park planning should be acknowledged in the PSP.
MCMC had to swiftly adapt the first year of a three year grant from Hume City Council for the A Little Nature Play project because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In consultation with early years educators, we moved delivery on-line. In October, Hume’s early years educators came together with other educators to talk over the experience of listening to children and exploring local 'nature play' areas.
This conversation was documented in a webinar Stepping out: Leadership beyond the kindergarten setting. New plans to get out and about locally were supported, and recognition given to the importance of communicating with families about the value for children of time spent beyond the kindergarten setting.
In response to the webinar, early years educators from four centres in Hume have come forward to enjoy support from the project. Next year we will work with centres in Broadmeadows, Craigieburn, Coolaroo and Roxborough Park to get educators and kids out into nearby natural areas.
The Strategic Plan is a guiding document for all Merri Creek Management Committee activities and decisions. It provides an excellent overview of MCMC, what we do and how we do it, the benefits that we bring, and the key issues we face.
The Strategic Plan identifies priorities and actions under five strategic focus areas:
You can see the Strategic Plan here (10.8MB PDF).
Merri Creek, Darebin Creek and Edgars Creek Waterwatch data is now easy to discover via MCMC's new Waterwatch Water Quality Summaries.
Find out about the surveys, observations and reports collected by Waterwatch staff and volunteers and learn how your contributions could help shape our understanding of waterway health in the future.
It's all HERE.
MCMC and Friends of Merri Creek applaud your continued efforts to keep the Merri Creek and its tributaries liberated from the accumulation of plastics, polystyrene and other human made detritus that sadly comes through the stormwater drains, is purposely dumped or thoughtlessly discarded.
We are happy to announce that we can support individuals, one household or members from two households to pick up litter along the Merri or Moonee Ponds Creek as part of your daily exercise as long as you follow the current advice from www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au
Merri Creek Management Committee has evaluated Creekulum, Moreland Primary School's ambitious and unprecedented creekside education program from 2019. The report is a visually attractive record suited to all ages. It shows how the community, guest educators and a whole-of-school approach worked together to meet the learning goals of Prep to Grade 6, with the Merri Creek at the centre of all our interests!
The full report is here (7.48MB PDF file).
Congratulations to the joint winners of the annual Moreland Environmental Sustainability Achievement Award: MCMC President, Ann McGregor, and her husband Bruce, for their decades of work on Merri Creek; and Stephen Northey, who founded the Friends of Edgars Creek. Below is a summary of their citations:
Ann & Bruce McGregor: When Ann and Bruce moved to Moreland in 1976, the Merri Creek trail was overgrown with weeds, loads of rubbish and neglected. They saw the Merri Creek as “a damaged asset that just cried out to be restored, not only for people but also for native birds and animals.”
They were founding members of the Friends of Merri Creek and have continued to be active members for over four decades of both the Friends of Merri Creek and the Merri Creek Management Committee, of which Ann is the current President. Without the foresight and commitment of people like Ann and Bruce McGregor, the Merri Creek would not be what it is today - a much loved environmental and social space, a valuable habitat for a range of native animals and home to significant indigenous vegetation.
On Sunday 20 September, Merri Creek Management Committee held a webinar about our urban relationships with magnificent Powerful Owls.
Urban Ecologist and PhD Candidate, Nick Bradsworth (Deakin University), and Senior Biodiversity Officer, Craig Lupton (City of Yarra), shared their experience of the secret lives of Powerful Owls (Ninox strenua) in inner Melbourne.
A recording of the presentation is now available, so you can see how we can affect the long-term home for Powerful Owls, even in our own backyards.
This webinar was funded by the City of Yarra. Photo: © David Diehm. Source: https://birdlife.org.au/projects/urban-birds/powerful-owl-project-pow
At the Merri Birds Webinar, held on Saturday 12 September, Friends of Merri Creek bird survey leaders highlighted their regular survey sites and spoke about their favourite Merri birds, including the Nankeen Night-Heron, Tawny Frogmouth and Golden-headed Cisticola. An extensive question and answer session followed the presentations.
If you missed out on attending the webinar you can now watch the recording.
This was a joint event of Friends of Merri Creek and Merri Creek Management Committee.
Photo: Nankeen Night-Heron by C Tzaros.
|27 Feb 2021;|
01:30PM - 04:00PM
FULLY BOOKED - Discover the Fawkner Merri Parklands with Friends of Merri Creek
|06 Mar 2021;|
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Friends of Merri Park Hand Weeding
|07 Mar 2021;|
02:00PM - 03:30PM
Streamteam Water Quality Testing - Friends of Merri Creek
|14 Mar 2021;|
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Litter Clean Up – Coburg - Friends of Merri Creek
|14 Mar 2021;|
10:00AM - 12:30PM
Woody Weed Whacking, Bababi Marning #1 in 2021 - Friends of Merri Creek
|21 Mar 2021;|
01:00PM - 03:00PM
Friends of Edgars Creek Site Maintenance