News

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Aug
2016

New “Help the Blue-banded Bee” crowd-funding campaign

Aug 01 2016 This project aims to increase the numbers and reproductive potential of the Matted Flax-lily, Dianella amoena along the Merri Creek. The Matted Flax-lily is Critically Endangered Australia-wide due to destruction of its grassland habitat. Only a few thousand plants have been mapped through Victoria and Tasmania.  Remnant plants are threatened by competition from weeds and population isolation that

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4
Jul
2016

Woody Weeds get Whacked

Jul 04 2016 Amazingly, the Woody Weed Whackers (or ‘Impossible Mission’ Force) has now removed the Gorse, Broom, and Briar Rose bushes from about three-quarters of Bababi Marning (Cooper St Grasslands) and we’re now moving into the last stretch. This group has expanded lately as more people have begun to appreciate the immediate rewards of liberating the grassland from woody

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4
Jul
2016

Seeking action on Marran Baba

Jul 04 2016 We have written to the Chief Executive of Parks Victoria, Dr Bill Jackson, asking him to ensure action on Marran Baba (Merri Creek Parklands north of the Western Ring Road) and enclosing a timeline showing a list of delays extending over almost ten years (see the May Merri Growler, p 4-5).

4
Jul
2016

National Landcare Awards – results

Jul 04 2016 Unfortunately, Friends of Merri Creek didn’t win the National Urban Landcare Award, but we received a Special Commendation, which was equivalent to coming second. Thanks to those who voted for us to win the People’s Choice Award, but this went to Youngtown Primary School in Tasmania. It was actually an amazing effort to come second in the

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4
Jul
2016

Vale Jack Svendsen

Jul 04 2016 Jack Svendsen, who was a long term volunteer in the FoMC office, died on Friday 19 October 2012, just a few days short of his 83rd birthday. Jack joined us at the time of our campaign against the F2 freeway and, besides being always cheerful, he was incredibly energetic, enthusiastic and dedicated. Since illness stopped him from

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