Merri Creek Management Committee

Over the next four years, the Merri Creek catchment will benefit from three State Communities for Nature grants totalling over $287,700.

Reinforcing Grassland Ecological Values in the Merri Catchment north of Melbourne is the title and intention of a
three-year project by Merri Creek Management Committee. Works are funded under the Federal Caring for Our Country grant and supported by Darebin and Hume Councils, Parks Victoria, and the Merristock agricultural company.  Works have also been carried out in cooperation with VLine. 

Between 2010 and 2013, five diverse significant Volcanic Plains landscapes have been subject of projects to achieve ecological improvements.

Several innovative approaches have been trialled and are being carefully monitored.  Findings from these trials will be shared via communication resources developed under the grant including E-newsletter, tours, journal articles and a google Earth Tour.

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Merri Creek Management Committee has been working with the Victorian National Parks Association Nature Watch program to monitor remnant populations of Plains Yam Daisy, or Murnong, on the Merri Creek at kalkallo, north of Melbourne.  A report of this program appears in the June edition of Park Watch on pages 8 & 9.


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This tour was prepared by Tony Faithfull.

Merri Creek is Victoria’s most popular urban waterway – says a Dept of Sustainability & Environment survey: ‘My Victorian Waterway: Personal connections with rivers, wetlands and estuaries in Victoria’ Nov. 2011, p6. See survey HERE.

The State Government’s Logical Inclusions Review is considering additions to Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary. The biggest change for the Merri is the proposal to bring headwater areas of the catchment – the rapidly urbanising Wallan township and environs - into the Urban Growth Boundary.
The proposed area includes an extensive, low lying flood prone area, the former Hernes Swamp, which MCMC believes is not suitable for development. Before it was drained, the swamp formed a seasonally inundated wetland, rich with bird life.

See MCMC’s submission HERE (2.8MB pdf file).

MCMC has created attractive full colour Information Notes summarising five long term restoration projects in :
The notes outline the environmental history, cultural and ecological values of each site and those involved in its restoration. Please contact the MCMC office for free copies printed on recycled paper.

MCMC has prepared a Biodiversity Network Plan for the upper Merri Creek. The plan brings together information on existing reserves, existing and desireable habitat corridors, important remnant vegetation areas and swamps in a systematic way. The Plan is summarised in a map of the proposed network.

Download the Upper Merri Biodiversity Network Plan (6.23MB pdf file)

The latest version of the Merri Creek and Environs Strategy 2009-2014 is now available.