FoMC received $49,537.00 from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for the Biodiversity On-ground Action grant project: Growing Galada Tamboore – conserving threatened species and ecosystems in Thomastown through community action. This will enable weed control, particularly targeting Lobed Needle-grass and Gorse, plus securing the future of Plains Yam Daisy at the site.
We had an excellent turn up to our training session in May to become Seed Production Area custodians for our Secret Seven project and we now have more volunteers than we needed to tend plants that will produce seed for reintroduction into the Merri environs.
We’ve had a fantastic response to the proposal by FoMC member Anne Frost for a new group of volunteers to gather monthly on a Wednesday morning to help care for Merri Creek. This group will start in August working with Merri Creek Management Committee staff on a range of tasks on the last Wednesday of each month from 10am-12pm.
Public land at 67 and 115 Trawalla Avenue, Thomastown had illegal buildings erected on it and Whittlesea Council had given a retrospective permit for them. On behalf of FoMC, Dr Stephen Rowley opposed removal of the reserve status of this land at VCAT, arguing that it could set a precedent for the subdivision and sale of other land adjacent to Merri Creek. However, VCAT decided otherwise.
Our sub-group, which was known as the Merri and Edgars Creek Confluence Area Restoration Group, or MECCARG for short, has changed its name to Merri Murnong. The new name is much more succinct and more evocative of nature than the former long version mouthful, and much nicer than the former shortened version. Plus it features their iconic rare species which they’ve been celebrating with a festival for ten years this year: the Murnong, or Yam Daisy.