News

6
Jan
2015

Successful Grant Applications 2015

Jan 06 2015

We have kicked off 2015 by receiving the following grants, thanks to MCMC’s Conservation Program Manager, Katrina Roberg:

$49,810.15 from Communities For Nature for the project: The Need for Seed, to enhance remnant vegetation along the Merri Creek and establish genetically selected plantings of three depleted plants to act as ‘seed orchards.’
$20,000 from Melbourne Water River Health Incentives program for the project: Koonda lat is where it’s at, to control weeds, restore habitat and engage the new residents of nearby apartments near the Koonda Lat bridge on the shared path in Northcote. Plus a $1,000 Melbourne Water Group Support Grant for purchase of loppers, barbecue, hand mattocks, and admin support.

$3,000 from Parks Victoria, through their Volunteer Group Long Service Award, for the project: Celebrating Nature in our Native Grasslands – Cooper St Grassland, for woody weed control, a bird talk, activity day, reptile display and barbecue.

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.