Merri Creek Management Committee

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.
 

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.

The new footbridge at Galada Tamboore

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. 

 

Uncle Apples and the MCMC crew burning at Bababi Djinanang

Wurundjeri Elders joined staff of Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) in an ecological burn of Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Rd) Native Grassland in Fawkner on 17 March 2011.  We were honoured to have Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Apples, start the burn and Uncle Ringo to assist.

The Wurundjeri people are the Traditional Owners of the Merri and burning of Native Grassland is a traditional cultural practice.  

MCMC has been burning Native Grasslands for 20 years to help to sustain their biodiversity.  This is the first time that Traditional Owners have joined MCMC for a burn.  We are looking forward to Wurundjeri joining us for more burns and other activities.  Next up is Ngarri-djarrang Grassland in Reservoir, followed by Kalkallo Grassland in Kalkallo.