In November 2015, MCMC received $12,900 funding from Yarra City Council for the project: Merri Yarra Biik: Strengthening the Merri Yarra confluence area environmentally and culturally, which aims to build the relationship between the Wurundjeri Council and community including MCMC. It involves Wurundjeri ceremonies, traditional scarring of suitable trees, and planting 300 indigenous plants.
Young Campbellfield Heights Primary School students visited Galada Tamboore in October 2015 and sat beside Merri Creek learning to connect with the place as Wurundjeri Country, including the use of Woiwurring language names for plants in their botanic drawings. This visit was funded by a Communities for Nature grant to Friends of Merri Creek.
In October 2015, Brunswick North West Primary School students celebrated their water project supported by MCMC and a State Government grant: Melbourne’s water: Proactive from Brunswick, in their thriving new indigenous garden by thinking about how water works at school around a symbolic blue drip.
Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Perry Wandin, and his daughter Renee created a fabulous contribution to Thornbury Primary School’s new Woiwurrung indigenous garden by carving Bunjil high up into the 3 metre tall tree stump in October 2015. MCMC facilitated the carving and organised the indigenous garden as part of our Learning Grounds program.
The results of Merri Creek Management Committee's (MCMC) 2014-15 Golden Sun Moth survey are now available. The surveys were conducted at Bababi Marning (Cooper Street Grassland), which is a native grassland reserve adjacent to Merri Creek in Campbellfield.
Since 2012 a Communities for Nature Grant has allowed MCMC to conduct annual Golden Sun Moth searches and vegetation surveys to help us understand how to protect the habitat of this critically endangered, day-flying moth. See the report summarising the survey results here.
The heavy rain from Friday 1st to Monday 4th December 2017 brought floods to many parts of Victoria and although Merri Creek wasn't badly hit, the creek was still high and flowing fast - as shown in this photo looking upstream from Blyth St, Brunswick East on Saturday 2nd December. As is now usual following high flow events in the Merri catchment, the creek turned a distinct muddy colour and has carried lots of litter downstream.
Fawkner Primary School hit the ground running with early excursions in February to Merri Creek. Students explored the life cycles of indigenous animals such as the Spotted Marsh Frog, the Short Finned Eel and the Damselfly. They became acquainted with indigenous plants along the way, through sketching and printing with our local plants. The activities were funded through Moreland Council’s annual contribution to MCMC.
For the past two years, Melbourne Water and MCMC's Waterwatch program have been training keen community members to collect and identify waterbugs in order to assess the health of Merri Creek. This citizen science project, which is open to anyone, helps provide a picture of the comparative health of Merri Creek and a basis for future actions to improve the condition of the waterway. In 2017 MCMC ran five waterbug sampling and identification sessions with a total of 26 participants on five sites on the Merri Creek. The collated results showed that the lower, urbanised reaches of the Merri Creek only support waterbugs that are tolerant of pollution. Things are a little better in the upper reaches, north of Epping where some of the sensitive waterbugs, less tolerant of pollution, are found (See table of waterbug pollution sensitivity in Read More section).
Thornbury Primary School is building on its Woiwurrung language education program with a new master plan for indigenous revegetation in their school grounds. Their successful Communities for Nature grant application in 2014, supported by MCMC, will see the school community involved in replacing some concrete and bitumen with indigenous plants. MCMC’s involvement is also supported through Darebin Council’s annual contribution to MCMC.
If your school is interested in developing indigenous gardens, please contact us. Check out more on this here
|15 Nov 2019;|
10:00AM - 03:30PM
Waterwatch water quality workshop - Alphington (MCMC)
|17 Nov 2019;|
08:45AM - 09:15AM
Merri Bird Survey #4 in 2019 – Various locations - Friends of Merri Creek
|17 Nov 2019;|
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Friends of Edgars Creek Site Maintenance
|20 Nov 2019;|
07:30PM - 08:30PM
Evening Nest Box Monitoring - November
|24 Nov 2019;|
08:45AM - 10:30AM
Merri Bird Survey #4 in 2019 (continued) – 2 locations - Friends of Merri Creek
|24 Nov 2019;|
10:00AM - 02:00PM
Community Litter Action on the Merri Creek - Source Reduction Plan Workshop