Friends of Merri Creek

4
Jul
2016

Successful grant for Happenstance Festival

Jul 04 2016

FoMC is the auspice organisation for a $5,000 Celebrating Place Grant from Moreland Council for this innovative series of art happenings that will occur along the Merri Creek trail in Fawkner on one afternoon in summer 2017. There will be interactive non-verbal performances that aim to increase appreciation of the natural environment and encourage audiences to look at their area as a place full of wonder and beauty.

4
Jul
2016

Changes along Merri path

Jul 04 2016

New wetland in Moreland: We now have a wetland in Moreland near the Edgars Creek confluence with Merri Creek in Coburg. Major excavation works were completed by May and some ponds are already holding water. Plant stock has been secured and planting will begin once conditions are favourable.

New footbridge south of Murray Rd:
Construction is progressing well on this bridge near Connolly Ave Coburg.

Playground upgrade:
The playground at Kirkdale Reserve East Brunswick is complete and includes a bird hide and cubby house.

4
Jul
2016

A Stroll Along the Merri

Jul 04 2016

Abigail Belfrage has written about a walk along Merri Creek through Northcote and Brunswick, using historic material from Victoria’s Public Record Office and her own photos. She aims to provide material which evokes a cultural landscape and enable a greater understanding of the local history. See the article here.

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.