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|
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!
Welcome To The New FoEC Website!
FoEC is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation based in Melbourne that focuses on improving the water quality and surroundings of the creek corridor for environmental and recreational purposes.
Edgars creek is significant to the environment and community in many ways. Open space and bushland is a rare thing within 10km of the city providing scarcely found habitat for wildlife and a chance to appreciate our natural flora. Significant to so many people and animals over tens of thousands of years, to improve and rebuild this area is a chance to reconnect with the land and introduce its recreational, cultural and social value to others.
In addition to this new website there are many new and exciting things happening for Edgars Creek and its friends in 2010!
- Walk and talks on bushfoods of the creek and remnant vegetation.
- Significant involvement in community action groups/activities such as Edgars Creek taskforce to protect the impact of any bordering developments on the creek.
- Submission regarding the redevelopment of the former Kodak site
- A brand new custom built trailer (pictures to come)
- A back saver water pump and hose
- Many new members
- Friendly chats and idea swapping over a cuppa down the creek
We hope you join us, this website is a work in progress, any feedback is most welcome.
See you down the creek!
Your FoEC committee