July 31st 2016 – National Tree Day – Sheoak Woodlands

40+ volunteers enjoyed the glorious winter sunshine while planting 550 trees for National Tree Day.

Not only did we complete the planned planting along the fence line, but filled some gaps and expanded the existing sheaok woodlands planted area. Great effort from everyone involved!

Following the two-hour planting, everyone was treated to a hard-earned BBQ while being entertained by a magnificent birds of prey display.

Today’s event was hosted by Moreland City Council.

Birds of prey display

Birds of prey display

June 26th 2016 – Sheoak Woodlands Site planting

56 dedicated volunteers planted 810 plants in a little over two hours!

Hosted by the FoEC, funded by Satterley.

Plains Grassy Woodland Hilltop Area

Site Context

On top of an elevated hilltop with views across the Creek valley and the city of Melbourne to the south. This exposed site comprises heavy clay loams prone to drying out and cracking in hot weather. The site is also adjacent to the Moreland industrial area and a recapped municipal tip. As such, the integrity of the reserve would benefit from screening planting. An ephemeral waterhole is an interesting landscape feature of the site. The exposed location lends itself to Sheoak woodlands which would create a dramatic acoustic effect when the wind blows.

Habitat Objectives

(a) EVC 55 Plains Grassy (She-oak) Woodland: An overstorey dominated by stands of Black Sheoak Allocasuarina littoralis, with scattered Grey Box Eucalyptus microcarpa. Generally shrubby in character, including Gold-dust WattleAcacia acinacea, Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha, Lightwood Acacia implexa, Sweet Bursaria Bursaria spinosa and Drooping Cassinia Cassinia arcuata. The grassy understorey is dominated by Wallaby-grasses and Speargrasses such as Common Wallaby-grass Austrodanthonia caespitosa, Bristly Wallaby-grass Austrodanthonia setacea, Stiped Wallaby-grass Austrodanthonia racemosa and Kneed Spear-grass Austrostipa bigeniculata. Other common species include Windmill Grass Chloris truncata, Kidney-weed Dichondra repens, Blackanther Flax-lily Dianella revoluta and Small-leaved Clematis Clematis microphylla. The presence of chenopods such as Nodding Saltbush Einadia nutans and Ruby Saltbush Enchylaena tomentosa emphasise the dry nature of the community.

Scientific name Common name 26-Jun-16
Acacia acinacae Gold dust wattle 24
Acacia verticillata Prickly moses 6
Acacia melanoxylon Blackwood 6
Acacia paradoxa Hedge wattle 18
Acaena novae-zelandiae Bidgee-widgee 12
Allocasuarina littoralis Black Sheoak 12
Allocasuarina verticillata Drooping sheoak 54
Austrodanthonia caespitosa Common wallaby-grass 48
Astrodanthonia racemosa Stiped wallaby-grass 54
Austrosipa  bigeniculata Kneed Spear-grass 54
Bursaria spinosa Sweet bursaria 6
Chloris truncata Windmill Grass 42
Dodonea viscosa Wedge-leaf hop bush 24
Einadia nutans Nodding saltbush 54
Enchylaena tomentosa Ruby saltbush 54
Eucalyptus camaldulensis River red-gum 3
Eucalyptus melliodora Yellow box 12
Eucalyptus leucoxlyn Yellow gum 12
Rhagodia parabolica Fragrant saltbush 24
Themeda triandra Kangaroo grass 33
Poa labillardieri Common tussock grass 42
TOTAL PLANTS 594

June 5th 2016 – World Environment Day – Ronald St Footbridge planting

World Environment Day 2016.

World Environment Day 2016 was a wonderful day shared by 40 committed volunteers from FoEC and Friends of Merri Creek that came out in the rain to plant at the Red Gums area near the Ronald St footbridge. More than 200 plants were planted followed by a BBQ.

Thanks to Moreland Council for hosting this event.

May 15th 2016 – Caravan Park Site planting

Another great planting for FoEC with 35 hardy volunteers planting 380 plants in 2 hours!

Hosted by FoEC and funded by Melbourne Water Community Grant (MWCG).


Project description

This project aims to extend and enhance the stream bank shrubland plantings undertaken by FoEC since 2012 at the Caravan Park site. FoEC has completed two MWCG projects at this site, however weed species have been predominant in this area (Source: B.J. Bainbridge, J.M. Bush & Faithfull, 1998. Moreland Remnant Vegetation Assessment – prepared for Moreland City Council by the Merri Creek Management Committee) and further revegetation works will enhance the existing asset created at the site. In 2013 FoEC secured Department of Sustainability and Environment support for a 2014 project protecting remnant vegetation at the site; works have now been completed on this project.  FoEC’s 2013 and 2014 MW funded projects on the site targeted a lower escarpment area and the proposed project will in-fill and extend the planting along the lower escarpment area. Additional spot planting of bank binding species (including Callistermon sieberi and Leptospermum lanigerum) will be undertaken downstream of the escarpment to enhance bank stability and provide shading of the creek to enhance water quality.

This site has a number of identified significant remnant specimens including River Red Gum, Yellow Box, Sweet Bursaria, Purple Tree Violet, Weeping Grass, Lomandra filiformis and Danthonia species (Source: B.J. Bainbridge, J.M. Bush & Faithfull, 1998. Moreland Remnant Vegetation Assessment – prepared for Moreland City Council by the Merri Creek Management Committee). Remnant Lomandra have been identified during brush cutting of the area planted during our 2014 project.

Our previous works on the site incorporated design elements to increase the likelihood of self-seeding of the remnant species at the site including Red Gum, Sweet Bursaria and Purple Tree Violet. All species have now set seed and we have witnessed excellent self-seeding on the site by the remnant specimens. Further, Poa labillardierei introduced as part of the revegetation works are also now successfully seeding into the mulched area at this site.

Plant List for Caravan Park Site 2016

Scientific name Common name Quantity
Acaena novae-zelandiae Bidgee-Widgee 10
Acacia melanoxlyn Blackwood 5
Acacia implexa Lightwood 5
Bursaria spinosa spp macrophylla Sweet Bursaria 10
Austrodanthonia caespitosa Common Wallaby-grass 30
Austrostipa elegantissima Feather Spear-grass 20
Callistermon sieberi River Bottlebrush 14
Dianella longifolia Pale Flax-lily 20
Eucalyptus camaldulensis River Red-gum 5
Einadia nutans Climbing Saltbush 10
Goodenia ovata Hop Goodenia 5
Leptospermum lanigerum Woolly Tea-tree 12
Lomandra longifolia Spiny-headed Mat-rush 54
Poa labillardierei Common Tussock Grass 150
Wahlenbergia communis Tufted Bluebell 10
  TOTAL 378

April 17th 2016 – Silurian Cliff planting

Planting: Silurian Cliff, 17 April 2016 (580 trees planted).

We are off to a great start for the year with a terrific turn out of 25+ dedicated volunteers. In two hours, we planted approx. 580 native trees and grasses, the first planting and restoration event for 2016.

We gathered at 1pm on Sunday April 17 at the stream bank grassland at the base of the Silurian Cliff. The weather was perfect and everyone had a great time.

Hosted by FoEC and funded by Melbourne Water Community Grant (MWCG).


Project description

This project aims to expand upon the revegetation works at the Silurian cliff site undertaken by FoEC initially in 2009 and a number of subsequent site extensions undertaken on both the east and west banks of the creek in the following years. FoEC is funded to undertake further works at this site in early 2016 under the current MWCG and we are seeking to further enhance this area and consolidate the revegetation and maintenance on the site which will increase the viability of our projects and enhance protection of the existing asset. Site preparation has commenced for the 2016 planting which includes additional weed control efforts around the existing revegetation works.

This Silurian Cliff site has considerable habitat value, with seven remnant species identified in the area. One of these species, Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp connata, is the only remnant specimen found in the Moreland municipality. A mature River Red-gum is also located at the base of the cliff and provides good hollows previously used by nesting Red-rumped Parrots. 

Plants:

Scientific name Common name Quantity
Poa labillardierei Common Tussock Grass 216
Lomandra longifolia Spiny-headed Mat-rush 84
Goodenia ovata Hop Goodenia 8
Acacia melanoxylon Blackwood 4
Leptospermum lanigerum Woolly Tea Tree 6
Eucalyptus camaldulensis River Red Gum 4
Bursaria spinosa Sweet bursaria 6
Callistemon sieberi River bottlebrush 6
Melicytus dentatus Tree Violet 12
Dodonea viscosa Wedge-leaf Hop Bush 12
Acaena novae-zelandiae Bidgee Widgee 18
Acacia paradoxa Hedge Wattle 6

Want to see more photos?

Please visit our 2016 gallery page to see more highlights from the planting afternoon.

→ Please note: Our next planting will be held on Sunday 15th May. Join us for an enjoyable couple of hours planting with afternoon tea provided. For more calendar events, please visit our Calendar page.

FoEC planting April 17 Silurian Cliff

 

May 2012

The Friends of Edgars Creek Annual General Meeting 2012 was held on Saturday 26 February 2012 at the Hidden Creek Community Centre.

Meeting minutes are available here.

The May–July 2012 FoEC focus is also available from the newsletters page.

We have two plantings this month. The first is on 3rd June at the Confluence Area and is a combined event with Moreland City Council and our other local Friends of groups to Celebrating World Environment Day. Later, on the 24th June, is grassland planting at the Silurian Cliff site.

Hope to see you down at the creek!

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April 2012

Unfortunately the planned Walk and Talk activity scheduled for Sunday April 15 will not happen on that date.

Rather, on Saturday April 21st we will be joined by Wurundjeri Elder Bill Nicholson who will give a welcome to country and share stories of the Wurundjeri with us.

Bill will talk to the group between 1.30-2.30 PM, however we will will be down on the creek before that time doing some maintenance at the Siulrian Cliff site and then enjoying an afternoon tea/coffee and snacks.

The talk will be at the Silurian Cliff site – a good place for a gathering!

February 2012

Dear FoEC Members and Friends,

I hope that 2012 has been good to you all so far and that the year ahead is filled with those things that you want it to be filled with!

I am writing to advise that FoEC’s AGM will be held on Sunday the 26th of February. The formal meeting will commence at 1 PM and the venue is the Creek. We will be convening on the east bank of the Creek at the Gooseneck Meander site, just upstream from the (currently out of order) footbridge near Ronald Street. The formal meeting will be followed by a working bee to tackle some of the damage caused by the Christmas storms/flooding. Should the weather be extremely hot or raining we have the Hidden Creek Community Centre booked as a back up plan.

All positions on the committee are vacated on an annual basis. Therefore all positions are open for nominations. Please advise me by email in advance of the meeting if you intend to nominate for any of the positions.

I can also now formally announce that we were successful with our 2011 Melbourne Water Community Grant Application. This means we are funded through 2012 and into 2013 for more projects that will expand upon our key sites and also see the initiation of works at the Caravan Park site. Thanks to Melbourne Water for their continued support of our group. It is a wonderful endorsement of the work that FoEC has undertaken and is planning for 2012-13 and beyond.

Our full year calendar is not yet complete, though I will be in a position to send out a full calendar by the time of the AGM (I have been working on some other projects that I will hopefully be in a position to discuss at the AGM). We will have non-planting events in March and April as we have done in previous years and hope to utilise one of these to present to members on a number of exciting developments for the Creek including the commencement of a formal Master Plan for the Creek between the confluence with the Merri Creek and Edwardes Lake.

I hope to see you down on the creek!

Kind regards,

David Pavone
FoEC President.

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