News

5
May
2018

VicRoads land off McBryde St, Fawkner

As reported last year, VicRoads wants to sell 1.7 ha of open space beside Merri Creek in Fawkner, and did a land swap deal with Moreland Council in 2015 that would have allowed townhouse development with only a narrow open space corridor on the Creek frontage. Since the deal became public last year, there has been strong opposition from Fawkner residents and the wider Moreland and Merri Creek communities. Joe Perri, from Fawkner Residents Association, organised a well-attended walk-through of the site in October. He received many constructive responses to his call for ideas on how the site could be developed as parkland. Landscape architect Eddie Botha has incorporated many of these ideas into a concept plan for the site, which was presented to the Moreland Mayor, Cr John Kavanagh, at a meeting with Friends of Merri Creek and Fawkner Residents Association. We are very pleased that Council has resolved to make an offer to the State Government to purchase the site for much-needed parkland, and we are working with Council to encourage the Government to accept the offer.

Park concept plan for VicRoads land by Eddie Botha. Park concept plan for VicRoads land by Eddie Botha.
20
Feb
2018

No GSM Survey or Kangaroo Grass Harvest

In case you didn’t notice, in 2017 FoMC didn’t hold our normal Golden Sun Moth Survey or Kangaroo Grass Seed Harvest. This is because there was no funding for a GSM Survey and we’ve basically achieved the aims of the original surveys; while the presence of South African Weed Orchids at Ngarri-djarrang meant the Kangaroo Grass Seed Harvest couldn’t continue there. It has also become safer, cheaper and more efficient, to purchase the seed from a commercial harvester, as these businesses have developed as reliable sources of seed.

20
Feb
2018

Ninth Murnong Gathering

The Merri and Edgars Creek Confluence Area Restoration Group’s Murnong Gathering on 11 November 2017 was bigger than the event in 2016, which we thought was pretty big then! With easily 200 people attending, perhaps they’re building up to an even bigger tenth event in 2018. Once again the day included, a warm Wurundjeri Welcome to Country from Aunty Di Kerr, fabulous dancing from the Djirri Djirri dancers (joined once again by many in the audience – as in the photo), fun weaving, and of course the harvest and cook-up of the endangered Murnong, along with other bush tucker. However, this time there was even a mobile compost toilet on site! Thanks to Moreland Council for funding and to MCMC for providing marquees, equipment and assistance for the BBQ.

9
Oct
2017

Learn About the Creek

Thanks to the Darebin City Council, for voting on 5 September, to purchase approximately 1.8h of creek frontage abutting the former Lakeside College from the Education Department for $270,000 plus GST. This is a great win for the environment, as now the land…

Thanks to the Darebin City Council, for voting on 5 September, to purchase approximately 1.8h of creek frontage abutting the former Lakeside College from the Education Department for $270,000 plus GST. This is a great win for the environment, as now the land…

17
Nov
2016

Darebin Council to buy Lakeside College land

Thanks to the Darebin City Council, for voting on 5 September, to purchase approximately 1.8h of creek frontage abutting the former Lakeside College from the Education Department for $270,000 plus GST. This is a great win for the environment, as now the land, which includes Critically Endangered indigenous vegetation as well as the shared path, will continue to be cared for by Darebin Council, rather than left to be taken over by weeds, which is usually the case with private developers.

The Council also offered $6.9 million for the former Ruthven Primary School site, to be used as open space. The unfortunate side to these great outcomes is that the public has to pay twice for the land. Thanks to our members and supporters who lobbied for this win.