After the success of 2014’s projects in Reservoir and Northcote, MCMC and Friends of Merri Creek have received almost $60,000 for new bushland restoration and community plantings along Merri Creek in Northcote, Thornbury, Preston and Reservoir:
A $20,000 Melbourne Water Community Grant will establish low growing vegetation along Merri Creek, between Normanby Pde Thornbury and Kendall St Preston. The project, Addressing threats to urban habitat on Merri Creek, will protect and enhance rare vegetation that was re-established gradually over 25 years and encourage adherence to dogs-on-lead areas to support local wildlife. In parts of this narrow urban stretch, the habitat widens around Strettle Wetland and Tate and Egan Reserve. This area now supports uncommon birds such as the Nankeen Night Heron and Banded Rail.
Another $20,000 Melbourne Water Community Grant has funded Friends of Merri Creek for the project, Koonda Lat is where it’s at, to control weeds, restore habitat and engage the new residents of nearby apartments near the Koonda Lat bridge on the shared path in Northcote. The Friends hope to involve new residents of the area in the community planting scheduled for 16 August.
A $19,993 National Landcare Program 25th anniversary grant will build the resilience of Reservoir’s 9 Hectare Native Grassland, Ngarri-djarrang. The project, RRR: Community Restores Resilience, involves an ecological burn, weed control, and a community planting. This planting will extend the cover of grassland over a currently weed dominated area.
The Wurundjeri Tribe Council has also contracted us to do some revegetation works at the important archaeological site, Sunbury rings, funded by the National Landcare Program 25th anniversary grants. Besides revegetation, we’ll also be managing weeds and mapping weeds of National Significance.