News Archives
2022
The Merri Birdwatch Convenor, ANN MCGREGOR, says that there were plenty of interesting sightings for 57 participants in the nine bird surveys in February.
In the words of Tristan Best (leader at Bababi Marning), “it seemed everyone got something new from the day.” The biggest highlight at Galgi Ngarrk (Craigieburn Grasslands) was a Spotless Crake, a new species for our surveys. Birds along the Merri in Late Summer 26th April 2022
The Merri Birdwatch Convenor, ANN MCGREGOR, says that there were plenty of interesting sightings for 57 participants in the nine bird surveys in February. In the words of Tristan Best (leader at Bababi Marning), “it seemed everyone got something new from the day.” The biggest highlight at Galgi Ngarrk (Craigieburn Grasslands) was a Spotless Crake, a new species for our surveys..
Although works occurred without a permit on what is Merri Creek frontage land at 115 Trawalla Ave, Thomastown, the land is proposed to be rezoned to Industrial Zone, enabling it to be sold to the adjoining property owner. Currently it is public land owned by Melbourne Water and within the study area for the Upper Merri Parklands. Illegally occupied site to be rezoned? 26th April 2022
Although works occurred without a permit on what is Merri Creek frontage land at 115 Trawalla Ave, Thomastown, the land is proposed to be rezoned to Industrial Zone, enabling it to be sold to the adjoining property owner. Currently it is public land owned by Melbourne Water and within the study area for the Upper Merri Parklands..
Convenor of the ‘Merri Paddle,’ PETER EWER, tells us what this new group has been doing. Along with a local chapter of the Australian Conservation Foundation, North by North West, Friends of Merri Creek (FoMC) has formed a sub-group called the Merri Paddle to advocate for the long-term restoration of Merri Creek to create more viable platypus habitat. Paddling hard for the platypus - all things Merri Paddle 26th April 2022
Convenor of the ‘Merri Paddle,’ PETER EWER, tells us what this new group has been doing. Along with a local chapter of the Australian Conservation Foundation, North by North West, Friends of Merri Creek (FoMC) has formed a sub-group called the Merri Paddle to advocate for the long-term restoration of Merri Creek to create more viable platypus habitat. .
FoMC Vice President, ANN MCGREGOR, provides a brief update on the planning processes going on in the upper Merri catchment. The Victorian Planning Authority has produced a revised Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) for a new suburb to house 50,000 residents in Beveridge North West. The revised plan has two significant changes from the previous draft: the southern portion of Burrung Buluk (formerly Hanna Swamp) is protected, and a basalt quarry on Spring Hill cone is included. Plenty of plans for the upper Merri 25th April 2022
FoMC Vice President, ANN MCGREGOR, provides a brief update on the planning processes going on in the upper Merri catchment. The Victorian Planning Authority has produced a revised Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) for a new suburb to house 50,000 residents in Beveridge North West. The revised plan has two significant changes from the previous draft: the southern portion of Burrung Buluk (formerly Hanna Swamp) is protected, and a basalt quarry on Spring Hill cone is included..
Ann McGregor, Merri Birdwatch Coordinator, welcomes the return to birding in a group for the November
set of bird surveys. Birds along the Merri in True Spring 31st January 2022
Ann McGregor, Merri Birdwatch Coordinator, welcomes the return to birding in a group for the November set of bird surveys..
Gabriel Aleksandrs tells about the formation of the new FoMC subgroup, LGBTIQ Friends of Bababi Djinanang, and that, despite the pandemic affecting many conservation activities, this subgroup continues to grow. New LGBTIQ Friends group builds wellbeing along the Merri Merri 31st January 2022
Gabriel Aleksandrs tells about the formation of the new FoMC subgroup, LGBTIQ Friends of Bababi Djinanang, and that, despite the pandemic affecting many conservation activities, this subgroup continues to grow..
2021
The Merri Paddle - a new Merri Creek group 19th September 2021
A new Merri Creek subgroup has been formed - the Merri Paddle. The group has formed to lay the foundations for the eventual return of the platypus to Merri Creek, by working with existing organisations to promote restoration of the creek, with a focus on reversing the damage of Urban Stream Syndrome. .
Webinar - Plirding! 6th September 2021
Another in our webinar series - exploring Plirding - picking up litter while birding..
Discover the story of the restoration of Merri Creek. Webinar - From weed infested drain to bushland haven 2nd August 2021
Discover the story of the restoration of Merri Creek..
Platypus DNA in the Merri Creek Platypus in the Merri Creek 4th May 2021
Platypus DNA in the Merri Creek .
Latest report from Ann McGregor, Merri BirdWatch Coordinator Birds along the Merri in true Spring 27th April 2021
Latest report from Ann McGregor, Merri BirdWatch Coordinator .
 'Do we have a Prickly Pear problem on the Merri Creek?' Prickly Pears, a problem? 19th April 2021
'Do we have a Prickly Pear problem on the Merri Creek?'.
Hanna Swamp, a wetland just south of Wallan Hanna Swamp 16th March 2021
Hanna Swamp, a wetland just south of Wallan.
The trouble with Indian Mynas
The trouble with Indian Mynas 10th February 2021
The trouble with Indian Mynas .
An active Friends group is working at Edwardes Lake. Welcome to the Friends of Edwardes Lake 22nd January 2021
An active Friends group is working at Edwardes Lake..
2020
Join the Yarra Council for a webinar on the Powerful owls in Yarra. Powerful owls in Yarra 3rd November 2020
Join the Yarra Council for a webinar on the Powerful owls in Yarra..
Whittlesea Grasslands webinar
Celebrating National Threatened Species Day.
You can watch our webinar Whittlesea Grasslands webinar 23rd September 2020
Whittlesea Grasslands webinar Celebrating National Threatened Species Day. You can watch our webinar "At home in Whittlesea’s Grasslands" with Michael Longmore, manager of MCMC’s Ecological Restoration Program, and Josh Cox, the Director of Reptile Encounters. .
Restoring swamps in the Merri catchment. Read the Hanna Swamp Discussion Paper: Analysing the gaps in policy and planning for wetlands within Melbourne’s urban growth areas. Hanna Swamp 14th August 2020
Restoring swamps in the Merri catchment. Read the Hanna Swamp Discussion Paper: Analysing the gaps in policy and planning for wetlands within Melbourne’s urban growth areas. .
2019
Muddy Merri troubles update 20th May 2019
Muddy Merri Troubles, continues. .
Successful community grant from Melbourne Water 29th April 2019
Successful grant from Melbourne Water. .
Nature Glenelg Trust Paper. New discussion paper from the Nature Glenelg Trust 18th March 2019
Nature Glenelg Trust Paper. .
2018
Lost land at Marran Baba Parklands. Loss at VCAT for Merri Creek land 14th November 2018
Lost land at Marran Baba Parklands. .
Win for Spry Street campaign More land for Merri Creek 10th October 2018
Win for Spry Street campaign .
Media release: migratory birds returning 6th September 2018
Read about the return of migratory birds to Merri Creek..
For more information download this document
Media Release: FoMC say it’s time to raise Merri Creek awareness & appreciation 16th August 2018
FOMC Media Release. .
Successful grants for Merri Creek projects 14th August 2018
Successful FOMC grants..
Lost VCAT appeal 4th August 2018
VCAT appeal for Thomastown site.
Merri Creek gets muddy Merri gets muddy - twice! 12th July 2018
Merri Creek gets muddy.
VicRoads land, McBryde St Fawkner Update #2 on VicRoads land, McBryde St Fawkner. 12th July 2018
VicRoads land, McBryde St Fawkner.
Funding promise for the creeks 5th May 2018
Funding promise for the creeks.
Weed Orchids SWOT-ing weed orchids 5th May 2018
Weed Orchids .
VicRoads land off McBryde St, Fawkner for sale 5th May 2018
McBryde St, Fawkner.
Murnong Gathering Ninth Murnong gathering 20th February 2018
Murnong Gathering .
2016
Darebin Council to buy Lakeside College land 17th November 2016
Lakeside College land. .
New “Help the Blue-banded Bee” crowd-funding campaign 1st August 2016
Crowd-funding for the "Blue-banded Bee".
Changes along Merri path 4th July 2016
Changes to the Merri Path .
Action on Marran Baba Seeking action on Marran Baba 4th July 2016
Action on Marran Baba .
Woody Weed Whacking Woody Weeds get Whacked 4th July 2016
Woody Weed Whacking .
2015
Protecting the Upper Merri 6th January 2015
Submissions to protect biodiversity along the Merri. .
2014
Upper Merri developments 12th May 2014
Upper Merri developments .
Improving gorge-ous views 27th January 2014
Melbourne Water River Health incentives program grant for the restoration of native vegetation at Northcote Gorge. .