Merri Creek Management Committee

Tarnuk means water bowl. These bowls were made out of gnarled growths on the River Red Gums of the Moonee Ponds Creek by the local Gunung Willam Balluk tribe.

The renaming of the Wright Street Retarding Basin to The Tarnuk was to acknowledge the Woiwurung Clan's story of the 'The Great Flood', which is the story about the creation of Port Phillip Bay.

View The Tarnuk in Google Maps.

Rural landholders in the Volcanic Plains to the north and west of Melbourne can find practical management tips in a recently published fauna guide book. Nineteen local animals, their habitat requirements and threats are described in the “Wildlife and Habitat Guide for Merriang Landholders”. It includes familiar species such as Yellow-rumped Thornbills (‘Butter-bums’) and Blue-wrens along with rarities like the Growling Grass Frog and the Golden Sun-moth.

On 27 September 2007, at Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court, Onesteel MBS Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to causing an environmental hazard charge brought by the Environment Protection Authority in relation to the discharge of an estimated 3,000 litres of chromic acid from its premises at Cliffords Road Somerton in late October 2005.

The Court, without convicting Onesteel MBS Pty Ltd, ordered it to pay $75,000 to MCMC for the Streets and Streams project which involves community education on stormwater impact via guided walks, display materials and electronic and printed information packages, as well as stormwater monitoring work and habitat restoration at four sites along Merri Creek: Rushwood Reserve Craigieburn, Moomba Park Fawkner, Merri Park Wetland Northcote, and Hall Reserve Wetland Clifton Hill.

The discharge resulted from an overflow of chromic acid when the power and air supply was turned off for the Melbourne Cup weekend in 2005. The secondary containment bund also failed to contain the overflow and the chromic acid entered the stormwater drains. Luckily, it did not reach Merri Creek but was contained in a Melbourne Water sediment basin on the west side of Hume Highway.


Onesteel MBS Pty Ltd has since made appropriate changes to prevent a recurrence of this incident.

On 6 December 2007 an echidna was found curled up under a parked car in the carpark at the corner of Park Street and Nicholson Streets North Fitzroy.

We’re pleased to announce that The Ian Potter Foundation is supporting a new MCMC program (2007 to 2008) called Out on a Limb. Through this program we will work with eight schools to develop local catchment awareness.

Students will be offered a range of activities during visits to their schools and will also be taken by bus to tour local areas of conservation significance.

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