Friends of Merri Creek

Merri Creek Events Calendar 2015

MAY

Sunday 17     2nd Merri Creek Bird Survey for 2015
Bird surveys will be held from 8.45-10.30am at nine sites along Merri Creek as listed below. Beginners welcome, BYO binoculars if possible, but no dogs please, as they reduce the number and variety of birds to be seen. The contact for all Birdwatch events is Ann McGregor 0429 386 102.

Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Rd Grasslands): Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Rd, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2).

Egan Reserve - Normanby Ave: Meet at bluestone steps at end of The Grove, East Coburg (Melway 30 A3).

Coburg Lake Reserve: Meet near the car park, Lake Grove Coburg (17 H10).

Edwardes Lake: Meet at the playground adjacent to Griffiths St, Reservoir (Melway 18 E5).

CERES to Moreland Rd: Meet at seats on the path at rear of CERES, near Blyth St, East Brunswick (Melway 30 B7).

Merri Park and Phillips Reserve: Meet at end of Victoria St, East Brunswick, at BBQ shelter (Melway 30 B8).

Hall Reserve - Yarra Bend Park: Meet at the Rotunda, Hall Reserve, off The Esplanade, Clifton Hill (Melway 2D D1).

Galgi Ngarrk (Craigieburn Grasslands): Meet at the O'Herns Rd gate off Hume Highway, Somerton (Melway 180 E6).

Galada Tamboore: Meet at the end of Hatty Court, Campbellfield (Melway 7 K6).

Sunday 17     Northcote Gorge Planting & BBQ
Enter from East St off Westgarth St Northcote and follow the flags, 10am-12.30pm. Melway 30 G 11. Help restore the Merri Creek Habitat Corridor at this site, with “gorge-ous” views! Funded by Darebin City Council. Phone Ray or Monica at MCMC 9380 8199.

Sunday 17     Friends of Edgars Creek Planting 
Stream bank revegetation along the concrete channel area. Ronald St North Coburg, 1-3pm. Melway 18 A9. Funded by Melbourne Water Community Grant. Phone David on 0428 130 268.

Monday 18    Habitat Gardening Presentation
7-9pm CERES Ecohouse. Funded by Communities for Nature, and supported by Darebin City Council. Numbers limited so please register early with Ray or Monica 9380 8199 or admin@mcmc.org.au

Sunday 24     2nd Bird Survey for 2015 at Bababi Marning
Meet near the Istrian Club, Cooper St Campbellfield, 8.45-10.30am. Melway 180 K10.
To be followed by the event below.

Sunday 24     Family Nature Day & BBQ
Bababi Marning (Cooper St Grasslands), at gate opposite 111 Metrolink Circuit, Campbellfield, 10.30am-2pm. Melway 180 J12. See and handle live lizards and snakes, marvel at butterflies in a special enclosure, then enjoy a free barbecue with vegetarian and Halal options. Funded by Parks Victoria in celebration of our 25 years anniversary.

Thursday 28  Waterwatch Training
Become a citizen scientist by learning how to test water quality of your local creek. CERES, Van Raay Centre, room 3, 10am-3.30pm. Register with Jane on 9380 8199 or jane@mcmc.org.au

Sunday 31     World Environment Day Planting, Litter Clean-up & BBQ 
Edgars and Merri Creek confluence (basketball stadium), North Coburg, 10am-12.30pm. Melway 18 A10. Celebrate World Environment Day (5/6), with other local Friends groups. Funded by Moreland City Council. Phone Ray or Monica at MCMC 9380 8199.

JUNE

Saturday 6     Merri & Edgars Creek Confluence Area Restoration Group Venus Transit Planting
Meet at the Murnong Circles, Connolly Ave Coburg, south of Murray Rd bridge, 1-3pm. Melway 18 A11.  Wear sturdy footwear and gloves Contact: Melissa 0417 255 873 or www.facebook.com/meccarg.

Sunday 7       Litter Clean Up – East Brunswick
Clara St, 10am-12noon. Melway 30 A5.  Phone Paul 9489 5062.

Sunday 7       Streamteam Water Quality Testing
Upstream of St Georges Rd bridge, enter from Miller St, Nth Fitzroy, 2-3.30pm. Melway 30 C10. Phone: 9354 9885.

Saturday 13   Planting – Ngarri-djarrang (Central Creek) Grasslands, Snake handler & BBQ
Davidson St, Reservoir Melway Map 8B12 Planting will further the decades-long work by community, council and MCMC to protect and restore this wonderful wildflower grassland. Funded by the 25th Anniversary of National Landcare Fund and Darebin City Council.

Monday 15     The Need for Seed Information Session
Victorian Indigenous Nurseries Cooperative, Yarra Bend Rd, Fairfield, 11.00am-12.30pm. Melway Map 44 H2.
Some species of plants on the Merri Creek exist only as isolated individuals struggling with weed competition and grazing. Cross-pollination and reproduction is limited. Learn how you can help secure a future for these plants and their precious evolutionary heritage. Light refreshments provided. To register, contact MCMC on 9380 8199, or email: admin@mcmc.org.au
Organised by Friends of Merri Creek with Victorian Indigenous Nurseries Cooperative and Merri Creek Management Committee, and funded through the State Government’s Communities for Nature

Monday 22  The planting of a Seed Orchard
Merri Creek Parklands, follow flags from opposite 77 McBryde Street, Fawkner, 10.00am-12.30pm. Melway Map 18 A4. Help establish a seed and cutting ‘orchard’ for Rock Correa and Sticky Boobialla as part of The Need for Seed project.  Plants have been specially grown from the few original shrubs of these species remaining on the Merri Creek.  This planting will support works to recover genetic diversity to the Merri Creek’s threatened flora. Light refreshments provided. To register: Book at the VINC office on 9482 1710, or call MCMC on 9380 8199, or email: admin@mcmc.org.au
 Funded through the State Government’s Communities for Nature.

Sunday 21     Friends of Edgars Creek Educational Session
For details see www.foec.org.au Phone David on 0428 130 268.

Saturday 27  Sunbury Rings Planting & BBQ
Meet at Wirilda Court, Sunbury. Parking is available at the Correa Way entrance off Hopbush Ave Sunbury (Melway ref: 362, F11). Melway Map 362 F11. Help establish and enhance Box-Ironbark revegetation at the entrance to the Sunbury Rings Reserve, learn about this culturally significant site and view a reptile display and demonstration.  Supported by Wurundjeri Council through funding from the Australian Government’s 25th Anniversary Landcare Programme 2014-2015 and partnership with MCMC. Phone Ray or Monica at MCMC 9380 8199.

JULY

Saturday 4    Merri & Edgars Creek Confluence Area Restoration Group Planting
Meet at Connolly Ave Coburg, south of Murray Rd bridge, 1-3pm. Melway 18 A11. Wear sturdy footwear and gloves. Contact: Melissa 0417 255 873 or www.facebook.com/meccarg

Sunday 5       Litter Clean Up – North Coburg
Keady St, 10am-12noon. Melway 17 J8. Phone Paul 9489 5062.

Sunday 5      Streamteam Water Quality Testing
Upstream of St Georges Rd bridge, enter from Miller St, Nth Fitzroy, 2-3.30pm. Melway 30 C10. Phone: 9354 9885.

Sunday 12    3rd of 5 days of Woody Weed Whacking at at Bababi Marning
Help to rid these native grasslands of Broom, Gorse and Briar Rose bushes. Light refreshments provided. Meet at gate opposite 111 Metrolink Circuit Campbellfield, 10am-12.30pm. Melway 180 K12. Phone Ray 0422 989 166.

Saturday 18 Sumner Loving Planting & BBQ
Merri Park Wetland, Northcote, Sumner Ave near Traill St, 1.30-3.30pm. Melway 30 C8, follow the flags. Help restore this fantastic almost natural wetland area in the heart of the suburbs. Funded by Communities for Nature. Phone Ray or Monica at MCMC 9380 8199.

Sunday 19   Friends of Edgars Creek Planting
Sheoak Woodlands escarpment planting. Access from Ronald St or Livingstone St, North Coburg - and follow the signs to the site, 1-3pm. Funded by Melbourne Water Grant. Phone David on 0428 130 268.

Sunday 26   Darebin City Council National Tree Day Planting
Edwardes Lake Park, off Griffiths St Reservoir, 10am-12.30pm. Melway 18 E5. Light Refreshments provided.
Sunday 26 Yarra City Council National Tree Day Planting & BBQ Kevin Bartlett Reserve, Burnley 10am-12.30pm. Melway 59 B1. Funded by Yarra City Council. Phone Ray or Monica at MCMC 9380 8199.

AUGUST

Saturday 1   Merri & Edgars Creek Confluence Area Restoration Group Planting
Meet at Connolly Ave Coburg, south of Murray Rd bridge, 1-3pm. Melway 18 A11. Wear sturdy footwear and gloves. Contact: Melissa 0417 255 873 or www.facebook.com/meccarg

Sunday 2     Planting & Litter Clean Up at Strettle Wetland
Friends of Merri Creek site near Strettle Wetland Thornbury, 10am-1 pm. Melway 30 B3. Help look after the site managed by the Friends with the support of the Darebin Bush Crew. Light refreshments afterwards. Contact Martin 0403 942 965.

Sunday 2     Streamteam Water Quality Testing
Upstream of St Georges Rd bridge, enter from Miller St, Nth Fitzroy, 2-3.30pm. Melway 30 C10. Phone: 9354 9885.

Sunday 9     Planting & BBQ at WH Robinson Reserve
Follow the flags from Halwyn Crescent Preston, 10am-12:30pm. Melway Map 30 B2. Planting will further efforts of community, council and MCMC to protect and restore native vegetation since the 1990s. Dogs (on leads!) welcome. Funded by Melbourne Water and Darebin City Council. Phone Ray or Monica at MCMC 9380 8199.

Sunday 9    Friends of Coburg Lake & Surrounds Planting
Carr St Bridge on Merri Creek Coburg, 10am-12noon. Contact Emma Hopkins 9355 7982, emma_hopkins@optusnet.com.au. Supported and sponsored by Moreland Council.





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