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The consultation period for the proposed parklands ends on 16 August. We encourage all our Friends to make a submission - through an online survey, or your own response. 
Read on for more information on the considerations we believe are important for the parklands to realise their potential both in terms of providing biodiverse habitat and strong ecological outcomes and the benefits it will give local residents, having nature on their doorsteps, 
marran baba Merri Creek regional parklands consultation - 9th August 2022
The consultation period for the proposed parklands ends on 16 August. We encourage all our Friends to make a submission - through an online survey, or your own response. Read on for more information on the considerations we believe are important for the parklands to realise their potential both in terms of providing biodiverse habitat and strong ecological outcomes and the benefits it will give local residents, having nature on their doorsteps,
The Wednesday Volunteers make a valuable contribution to ecological restoration projects along Merri Creek - read about new recruit Gerry Robinson's experiences at John Laffan Reserve, Craigieburn, following up on a planting worked on a few weeks before. I should have done this months ago! - 6th August 2022
The Wednesday Volunteers make a valuable contribution to ecological restoration projects along Merri Creek - read about new recruit Gerry Robinson's experiences at John Laffan Reserve, Craigieburn, following up on a planting worked on a few weeks before.
On this chilly morning, 35 of us gathered at Galada Tamboore to celebrate NAIDOC week and appreciate - close-up - the importance of caring for country. NAIDOC week celebration at Galada Tamboore - 20th July 2022
On this chilly morning, 35 of us gathered at Galada Tamboore to celebrate NAIDOC week and appreciate - close-up - the importance of caring for country.
Volunteers working on Parks Victoria managed land now require current Working With Children Checks.
New Parks Victoria volunteer requirements - 9th July 2022
Volunteers working on Parks Victoria managed land now require current Working With Children Checks.
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.


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