Friends of Merri Creek

21
Jul
2014

Celebrating FoMC’s 25th birthday

Jul 21 2014

In November this year it will be 25 years since the Friends of Merri Creek was formed. We want to hear your ideas about how to celebrate this anniversary: please email your suggestions to merricreek@bigpond.com before the end of August.

The anniversary has actually already received some recognition on Saturday 17 May, when Parks Victoria presented FoMC with a certificate in recognition of our 25 years of service to the Victorian parks system. Parks Victoria will also provide us with some funding for our ongoing woody weed control works at Bababi Marning (Cooper St Grasslands) and Galgi Ngarrk (Craigieburn Grasslands).

21
Jul
2014

New Honorary Life Members

Jul 21 2014

Congratulations to our newest Honorary Life Members: Irene Baker for coordinating the Streamteam Group for over ten years; and Dean Lombard for his superb layouts of the Friends’ newsletter for over ten years.

21
Jul
2014

Another successful grant

Jul 21 2014

FoMC thanks the Moreland Community Grants Program for $5500 which allows our sub-group MECCARG to continue gathering Murnong at their unique Wurundjeri Cultural Renewal & Community Craft Day on 8 November. (Put this date in your diary now.)

21
Jul
2014

Brunswick Terminal Station

Jul 21 2014

We were stunned to find out that Moreland Council had issued a permit for the proposed works at the Brunswick Terminal Station. The high level of community concern expressed at a well-attended public meeting had led us to believe that there would be further consultation before approval.

We now have quite a battle on our hands to try and mitigate the effects of concrete retaining walls that are 80m long and 4m high (in places) on the boundary. These walls are a big departure from the original plan, so we’ll definitely try for a more acceptable solution.

21
Jul
2014

Darebin Natural Heritage Plan approved

Jul 21 2014

Thanks to those Darebin members who responded to the campaign run by new community group, Wild Darebin, to urge Darebin Council to fund the finalisation of the Natural Heritage Plan ($30,000) in their 2014/15 Budget. This plan was presented as a draft in 2011 and identifies important flora and geological sites in the area, especially on the Merri and Darebin Creeks. The campaign, strongly supported by FoMC and Greens Councillor Trent McCarthy, was successful and Darebin Council approved the funding on 30 June. Now the next step is to ensure that the plan retains its effectiveness and is implemented rigorously once it is adopted.