After the successful Spry Street campaign another win!
The local community, Friends of Merri Creek (FoMC), Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) and the Fawkner Residents Association, encouraged Moreland Council to save another critical Merri Creek parcel of land from residential development.
Moreland Council’s offer to buy ‘surplus’ VicRoads land by Merri Creek at 106 McBryde St, Fawkner has been accepted and the land will be retained as public open space. It is actively used by the community and wildlife and has great potential for open space improvement. VicRoads wanted to rezone the majority of the parcel and sell it for residential development.
Our sincere thanks to Moreland Council who responded to the community’s vigorous opposition to the sell off of this land and successfully negotiated a purchase price. Read the background on the issue here.
Moreland Council has just purchased the property at 2 Spry Street, North Coburg, and will add most of the land to the Merri Creek parklands. Plans to build 21 townhouses on the site were successfully opposed by Friends of Merri Creek, Merri Creek Management Committee, local residents, Melbourne Water and Moreland Council at VCAT last year. The property is steeply sloping and on a bend in the Creek, which makes it highly visible to Merri Trail users.
Council will be subdividing the house from the land (the house is a smaller parcel within area A) and opening up the remainder of the land to public use. (See map below.)
Mayor John Kavanagh said, “We think this will be a wonderful addition for the community as it provides a much wider buffer to the creek protecting and enhancing the creek corridor, provide access from Spry St onto the creek and open up the land for public enjoyment. We will on-sell the house after it has been subdivided, provide pedestrian access from Spry St. and hold on to the majority of the land for public use. What a wonderful community asset this will be!”
FoMC received $49,537.00 from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for the Biodiversity On-ground Action grant project: Growing Galada Tamboore – conserving threatened species and ecosystems in Thomastown through community action. This will enable weed control, particularly targeting Lobed Needle-grass and Gorse, plus securing the future of Plains Yam Daisy at the site.
We had an excellent turn up to our training session in May to become Seed Production Area custodians for our Secret Seven project and we now have more volunteers than we needed to tend plants that will produce seed for reintroduction into the Merri environs.