During 2007 MCMC has been working with Darebin City Council and a number of other stakeholders to reduce litter in Merri Park, Northcote. Three meetings have been held for people to share their experiences about how they use the park and how they manage to be responsible for litter.
The process has revealed that many park users come from far and wide to participate in seasonal sports competitions, while others are regular visitors, such as students from Northcote High School and nearby residents. By coming together they've become more aware of each other's initiatives in caring for the area.
All stakeholders are preparing to co-sign a Memorandum of Understanding to continue their shared focus and responsibility for Merri Park.
Versatile indigenous species that will foster insect life and look great in the garden include Sweet Bursaria, Tree Violet and Lightwood. These also provide blossom, berries and seed in summer when migrant species are often present.
MCMC presented an Urban Grassland Community Engagement Seminar on 18 September 2007. This was a component of the Northern Nature Creek Connections project funded by the Natural Heritage Trust. The outcomes of the seminar and further community engagement resources can be accessed here.
While walking or cycling along Merri Creek you may be aware of the indigenous plantings, constructed wetlands and the animal life of the creek corridor. But there is an underlying element to this - the Merri valley contains many millions of years of history and secrets.
Grants and contracts to MCMC and Friends of Merri Creek have funded a busy 2007 winter of projects along the Merri waterways.