Merri Creek Management Committee

Photo: NMIT students learn and contribute to regeneration works at Robinson Reserve, Preston.* MCMC’s Parkland Team hosted 61 community events including planting, weeding, jute laying and mulching days, workshops and tours (including ‘safaris’) for residents, Friends, community and corporate groups.
* MCMC planted 41,340 plants. 82% were ground storey and 11% were semi-aquatic species. Lately, more of our plantings have been drought-tolerant species.
* Volunteers contributed 5,994 hours, valued at $179,820, to restoration of the Merri Creek and its tributaries. Corporate groups spent 1,514 of these hours planting, weeding and mulching for the Merri.
* MCMC’s Parkland Team supported 350 students from 11 education institutions to learn about the ecology and management of the Merri Creek environs.
* MCMC’s Catchment Program held 251 sessions with 2420 participants.
* Waterwatch held 276 sessions with 6139 participants.

* MCMC supported three work experience students and hosted four volunteers, most doing work placements.

Photo: NMIT students learn and contribute to regeneration works at Robinson Reserve, Preston. Project funded by SP AusNet through Landcare Australia.

MCMC contributed to a magnificent 16 piece mural featured at the 2008 Riversymposium in Brisbane.

The “River Tapestries” commemorates the tenth anniversary of the Thiess Riverprize (won by MCMC in 2002). The Merri Creek contribution (right) was painted by local artist, Jo Waite, to represent special features of the Merri landscape. The full tapestry can be seen at

Congratulations to MCMC Senior Technical Officer, Brian Bainbridge, on winning the 2008 Port Phillip & Western Port Landcare ‘Caring for Community Groups’ Award.

During September and October 2008, MCMC formed a special Stream Health Team to work in partnership with Environment Protection Authority (EPA) officers from the Yarra River Investigation and Response Program. Together, almost 100 workplaces were visited in an industrial area in West Heidelberg. Stormwater runoff from this area into Darebin Creek is a known pollution ‘hotspot’.

The draft Merri Creek & Environs Strategy will be available for public comment in September. If you are interested in commenting on this Strategy, which guides MCMC and Council actions and works, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 9380 8199 and we will let you know the latest. You will also be able to provide your input at public information sessions.

Merri Events Calendar