Merri Creek Management Committee

VicRoads land at McBryde Hood StreetsMoreland Council has joined the community in calling for a parcel of VicRoads land by Merri Creek in Fawkner to be retained as public open space. The land is zoned Public Park & Recreation Zone (PPRZ) and is actively used by the community and wildlife. VicRoads has declared the land 'surplus' to its requirements; the majority of the land is headed for a rezoning before it is sold for residential development.  Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) is calling on the state government to show leadership to protect the land, a vital part of the Merri Creek corridor.

Special BEST SONIA SIERRA small 600 x 450Our new three minute film gives a snapshot of how Merri Creek Management Committee connects and communicates with local communities and celebrates local biodiversity.

Celebrating Merri Creeks Biodiversity

We meet thousands of people every year keen to learn about and enjoy our local waterways and indigenous bidiversity.  In any one year we are in contact with dozens of community groups and more than a hundred education institutions, from early childhood to tertiary, in nearby local places. We recognise the special role of  Wurundjeri Traditional Owners when we work with community and school groups.

We thank the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal for their generous support in enabling us to produce this film. The Foundation also funded the Stepping Stones Around the Table event shown in the film. This roundtable connected diverse community participants with philanthropic organisations and opened eyes and ears to the types of projects that might be supported. Thanks also to our many funders over the years from the philanthropic, state and local government  sectors. Many different organisations have helped us develop the creative engagement approaches shown in the film. Effective partnerships at work!

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During 2010 Catchment Programs at Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) received grants from The Ian Potter Foundation and The Council of Australian Museum Directors to develop and deliver programs to highlight Indigenous cultural heritage of the Merri Creek catchment.

The indigenous biodiversity that MCMC works to conserve is, for the Traditional Owners of this country, the Wurundjeri, inseparable from their ancestral stories.  For example, the Wurundjeri Creation story features Bunjil and Waa (the Wedge-tailed eagle and Crow), fire, yams and a kangaroo skin bag. The story holds essential traditional clan knowledge about kinship, marriage partners and social responsibilities.

Through our Indigenous, Indigenous project we worked with old friends, made new friends and worked together in new ways. We visited wonderful creeks, grasslands, valleys and wetlands in the Merri catchment as well as Melbourne Museum’s Bunjilaka (the place of Bunjil). We found ways to get to know more about Indigenous cultural heritage and indigenous flora and fauna by spending time creatively. Together we printed indigenous plants, made paper Sacred Kingfishers, created banners, twined grasses, drew, dug and explored.

The following ‘movie’ tells a story of Indigenous cultural heritage and indigenous flora and fauna - Indigenous, Indigenous.

Merri Creek Indigenous cultural projects from Merri Creek Management Committee on Vimeo.

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Family group at Lorne StOur sincere thanks to the 54 donors to the  Merri Creek Environment Fund 2016 Appeal who helped raise $11,350 for ongoing projects to improve the Merri. You can still donate to the Appeal.
Donations to the 2015 Appeal funded the recent Planting up the Gap community event on the Merri near Lorne St Fawkner on Sunday 14 August. An enthusiastic group enjoyed glorious weather while planting 450 indigenous grasses and shrubs to help bridge the habitat gap.
Our thanks also to our first Good2Give donor. This is a work place giving organisation which enables employees to make pre-tax donations to registered charities, such as MCMC, direct from their pay. Registered employers then match the employee donations.  Is your workplace a member of Good2Give?

Lakeside College landA big thanks to the Darebin City Council, which has decided to buy the approximately 1.8ha of Merri Creek frontage abutting the former Lakeside Secondary College. An offer of  $270,000 will be made to the Victorian Education Department for the land. This is a great win for the environment as now the land, which includes Critically Endangered indigenous vegetation will be secure as public open space cared for by Darebin Council. This land forms part of the Merri habitat corridor as well as the Merri Shared Path. Thanks also to the many community members who agitated strongly for this.

Brunswick North Primary School June 2016A $200,000 partnership project Melbourne’s Water – Proactive from Brunswick coordinated by Merri Creek Management Committee in partnership with Brunswick North West Primary School is complete. Funded by a grant from the Victorian Government, the project inspired the school community to go above and beyond the project’s goals. This included new plans to manage water flows at school and the production of a film to celebrate the process of creating their new indigenous habitat garden. Created on a flood-prone area above the long buried Melville Creek, the new area is proudly celebrated in Woiwurrung language as Yakai Barring,  meaning ‘surprise track’.

GSM nice brightenedDuring Merri Creek Management Committee’s surveys of Golden Sun Moth in summer 2016/17 we learnt three important things:

  • Golden Sun Moths (GSMs) don’t mind how much it rains, as long as the grass is kept short.
  • Small reserves make it hard for Golden Sun Moths to avoid predators.
  • Golden Sun Moths live on the Great Dividing Range.

NAIDOC ASGDuring NAIDOC Week 2016, Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Dave Wandin joined Merri Creek Management Committee’s Angela Foley to give a presentation to the Science Group of the Environment Protection Authority Victoria, and to share stories about how MCMC and the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Compensation & Cultural Heritage Council work together.

Planting - Queens Lodge July 2016During July, MCMC helped residents of Queen’s Lodge in Lalor to transform a weedy down trodden area into a new lively indigenous garden at their doorstep. The project, coordinated by Arts Access Victoria, includes glass mosaics, landscape design, and earthworks. MCMC’s role was supported by recurrent funding from City of Whittlesea.

We are enormously grateful to have received a substantial grant from The Myer Foundation’s Sustainability and Environment Capacity Building Stream 2016. This will enable us to undertake much needed strategic and organisational planning to continue building on our achievements and ensure we remain viable and vibrant.

We have secured two Corridors of Green grants from Melbourne Water. One is for weed control and revegetation to encourage the regeneration of Escarpment Shrubland and Streambank Shrubland along Kalkallo and Merri Creeks at Laffan Reserve, south of Kalkallo. The other is to replace weedy vegetation with competitive revegetation to achieve a continuous 3.3 km stretch of managed indigenous vegetation on the west bank of the Merri Creek in Fawkner. These projects will be rolled out between July 2016 and December 2017. (June 2016)