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Coming up on 10 November.
A wonderful opportunity to be guided through some of the gems of the Merri Creek.
We will visit important sites for the conservation of the Merri’s ‘Secret Seven’ rare plants and explore significant vegetation along the Say G’day trail near the Merri’s headwaters at Heathcote Junction. You will learn about threats to the survival of the wild plants and about the reintroduction sites that will help secure their future on the Merri.
Lunch is provided, so let us know any dietary requirements on registration.
You’ll need to bring a personal water bottle, clothing appropriate to the weather and sturdy footwear. We will be walking across uneven ground for up to an hour.
Not suitable for children under 12 years old.
This expedition has been funded by a state government Biodiversity On-ground Action Community & Volunteer Action Grant to Friends of Merri Creek.
It is an opportunity to see where donations to the MCMC’s Merri Creek Environment Fund have been put to work, funding ecological restoration activities and the interpretative talk at the Say G’day site in the upper Merri.
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!”