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.
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).
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|
|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|
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).
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.
|Scientific name||Common name||Quantity|
|Poa labillardierei||Common Tussock Grass||216|
|Lomandra longifolia||Spiny-headed Mat-rush||84|
|Goodenia ovata||Hop Goodenia||8|
|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.
Hi Members and Friends, the 2017 Calendar is now available. Download a copy of the calendar here.
I hope to see you all soon at the creek!
Your FoEC committee
The Friends of Edgars Creek Annual General Meeting minutes for 2015 are available here.
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!
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!
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!
Hello again Members and friends,
I wanted to make a note of thanks to those volunteers who joined us on Sunday. We were able to achieve a total of just over 600 plants! (though a couple of hundred or so were juncus asitatus plugged straight into the creek bank). A great day for the creek!
I would like to note the fabulous efforts of Rob “Stock” Burnett, our works manager who is literally pushing through the pain barrier to enable us to get our materials on site and be so organised when everyone arrives on site.
A quick note about our July event, the joint planting with Friends of Edwardes Lake, Darebin City Council and MCMC at Edwardes Lake. I can confirm that the time is 1-3 PM – the calendar has the time as TBA. The planting will be on the west side of the lake, close to the spill way and opposite the hotel.
Our final planting for 2010 resulted in more than 400 indigenous plants in the ground including Poas, Lomandras, Callistemons, Goodenias, and Allocasuarinas. This was the second planting for this site in 2010 and extended an established gooseneck meander planting site up a precariously steep bank. This planting site was painstakingly prepared by our dedicated works manager, president and past president to ensure the plants got off to the best possible start. Over 40 friends, including those of the canine species contributed to this amazing result.
Check out the photos at our new gallery page!. You may even spot yourself! Make sure to check back to the galleries often as it will be updated frequently. Feel free to send in your own pics, details are on the gallery page.
Our next event is weeding at the gooseneck meander site, see box to the right of the page for details. Weeding is a really important activity for the FOEC plants as it allows them to get a good start without greedy weeds stealing all their sunlight, nutrients and water. It also ensures friends’ blood, sweat and beers during the planting months are not wasted 😉
A big thanks to all the friends who have participated in FoEC activities so far this year and welcome to anyone who is considering joining us at future events, did I mention that there is afternoon tea involved?