In the 2011 planting season MCMC organised the planting of 21,390 plants. Of these 2.5% were trees, 6.5% were shrubs and 82% were ground storey. Nine percent were semi aquatics and aquatic species.
Clustered Wallaby Grass (Austrodanthonia racemosa), Weeping Grass (Microlaena stipoides) and Common Tussock Grass (Poa labillardieri) were the top three species planted with over 4,000 individual plants each. They accounted for over half of the total plants. The first two small grasses are hardy colonising plants that have been planted beside pathways and to consolidate existing sites with mature trees. The larger Tussock Grass creates attractive swathes of Tussock grassland in more open areas beside creeks such as alongside Merri Creek between Rushall Station and Queens Pde in North Fizroy and at Edwardes Lake in Reservoir.
MCMC has gained funds to commence works at two sites where we haven’t previously worked.
Kalkallo: The Department of Sustainability and Environment has granted $9,900 for restoration works amongst stony knolls in the part of Kalkallo Common south of Donnybrook Cemetery. We will assess the site and control weeds around significant plant species.
Campbellfield: Hume Council has contracted MCMC to commence weed management and planting along the Merri Creek escarpment east of the Bolinda Rd Tip site, which is being converted to public open space.
The intriguing Galada Tamboore area of Merri Creek can now be explored via a new shared cycling and walking trail recently completed by Parks Victoria.
The trail runs from Somerset Road in Campbellfield, along the top of the creek escarpment, then crosses the Merri Creek via a new footbridge which is roughly in line with Barry Road. It then links, via a gravel trail, to the footbridge across the Hume Freeway which leads into the Whittlesea Public Gardens in Lalor.
The project has been achieved in collaboration with Merri Creek Management Committee, the Cities of Hume and Whittlesea and Melbourne Water.
Congratulations to Coolaroo South Primary School’s Leap Frog Squad who have won a place at the International Kids Teaching Kids River Conference in Adelaide in October 2011. The squad made an outstanding contribution to the recent 2011 Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference, where students delivered quality workshops to other students. More details in our August Merri News (411KB pdf file).
In early 2011, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal rejected a proposal for three three-storey townhouses next to Merri Creek in Northcote. VCAT accepted key arguments submitted by MCMC and recognised the need to protect the visual character of the creek. Link to the decision here.