Friends of Merri Creek

4
Jul
2016

Latest Submissions (July 2016)

Jul 04 2016

Our members, Ann McGregor and Yasmin Kelsall, have been constantly busy making submissions to Precinct Structure Plans on behalf of FoMC. The latest submission was to proposed Amendment GC28, Whittlesea & Mitchell Planning Schemes Donnybrook-Woodstock Precinct Structure Plan. Ann has also commented on the re-zoning of an industrial site next to Merri Creek on Moreland Rd, where multi-storey apartments are proposed.

8
Mar
2016

Successful Grant Applications 2016

Mar 08 2016

We have started off 2016 well with the following two grants:

  • A Community Volunteer Action Grant of $19,890 for the project: Matted and Tangled: Fine scale threat reduction for urban Flax-lily populations; which aims to improve the habitat for critically endangered plants.
  • A Melbourne Water Community Grant of $22,919.60 for the project: East Brunswick habitats for fauna, flora and people, for planting and weed control along 700m of creek near CERES in East Brunswick. Melbourne Water also gave us a Group Support Grant of $550 for provision of much-needed display material for community events.
19
Jan
2016

Help keep the Merri Creek Parklands in public hands

Jan 19 2016

Victrack is proposing to sell public land alongside Merri Creek in Northcote for development. Click HERE to lodge your opposition to it.

6
Jan
2015

Poetry on the Merri

Jan 06 2015

Radio National on 7 June 2014 broadcast the program Poetica Spirit of Place: Genii Loci, featuring John Anderson and his love of the Merri Creek and Red Gum forests. You can hear it at: http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2014/06/pca_20140607_1505.mp3

6
Jan
2015

Merri Trail land for sale

Jan 06 2015

The Education Department intends to sell the former Lakeside Secondary College site in Reservoir, which includes the Merri Trail.

The Department has requested that the site, which runs between Radford Road Reservoir and Merri Creek, be rezoned to Industrial, after which the site will be sold. However, several hectares of the site lie outside the school fence on a bend of the Creek and have been planted and managed for about 30 years by Darebin Council, as part of the Merri Creek open space corridor. The Merri Trail runs across the frontage, and there are nationally-listed endangered plants (Dianella amoena) on a rocky outcrop. Much of this area is flood-prone.

The Education Department has offered to sell the frontage to Darebin Council, but the Council does not want to pay the price being asked.

The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council in their 2011 Metropolitan Melbourne Investigation recommended that surplus public land be assessed, and retained as public land if it has public land values including open space, ecological connectivity and a water frontage. The Lakeside frontage has multiple public land values, and clearly should be retained in public ownership as open space. FoMC considers that the frontage area should be transferred free-of-charge to Council.

In 2010 the community was able to prevent public land being sold privately when 10.7 hectares of VicRoads land along Edgars Creek was gifted as public open space to be managed by Moreland City Council. Now we need to do it again or risk losing part of the Merri Creek public open space, including the Merri Trail.