MCMC welcomes State Govt $1.7 million for Merri Creek Park - Galada Tamboore
On 5th Feb 2017 the State Government unexpectedly announced the allocation of $1.7 million to upgrade and develop visitor infrastructure – including 6km of bike and walking paths in the ‘Merri Creek Park’.
The new visitor infrastructure is planned for the Galada Tamboore part of the Marran Baba [Merri Creek] Parklands in Campbellfield/Thomastown.
Three separate fires at industrial premises threatened Merri waterways during January/February 2017. One resulted in serious impacts on Edwardes Lake in Reservoir. The Merri Catchment includes significant industrial areas and the risk of fire runoff polluting Merri Creek is of increasing concern. We are grateful for the prompt and skilled response of Melbourne Water teams in managing the runoff from these fires. Nevertheless, it's time for a hard look at how to effectively protect our waterways from the threat of pollution from industrial areas, whether from fires, accidental spills or illegal discharge.
Read about these achievements and more in our latest Annual Report. Highlights are in the President’s Report. Our on-ground achievements are in the Parkland Management section, and fauna information is in a separate Fauna Report. The environmental awareness spread by our Catchment Program, our Planning & Coordination activities, and of course our yearly finances are also in the Annual Report. More financial details are in the Auditor’s Report.
If you're wondering what Merri Creek Management Committee does, take a look at our 2016 Annual Report. It summarises our activities for the last year and includes reports from our President and each of our activity areas: Planning & Coordination, Parkland Management, and Catchment Program. Plus there's a summary of our finances, our major sources of funding and key areas of spending. The 2016 Auditor's Report is also available.
The fabulous Merri Magical Morning opened the 2015 Sumner Loving program on 22 February, offering a new sense of place to Merri Park Northcote. The morning performance and stories from Wurundjeri dancers Djirri Djirri had the audience spellbound, and kids flocked to see the Spotted Marsh Frog, the Blue tongue lizard and the butterflies. Adults enjoyed weaving using local plants and people queued to have indigenous flora and fauna stories painted on their arms. This event was part of the three year Friends of Merri Creek Sumner Loving project, funded by the State Government’s Communities for Nature grants program. MCMC is helping the Friends of Merri Creek deliver the project.