Habitat Heroes

Scarlet Robin, blue sky, Mt Wombat small, EuroaMerri Creek Management Committee and Friends of Merri Creek invite you to help out at this event:
Habitat Heroes
Launch & free BBQ including Vegetarian and Halal food

Sunday 24th August, 10am-12.30pm
Eastern end of Jukes Rd Fawkner, (Melway 18 A2)

Featuring: Wurundjeri Elder Welcome to Country, planting, reptile display (including snakes), self-guided walks to learn about the 10 top plants for providing habitat, followed by a BBQ.

Merri Creek Bird Survey 31st August

Later in the month Friends of Merri Creek have their quarterly bird survey on Sunday 31st August
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August food swap plants some fruit trees

planting our fruit trees

planting our fruit trees

Our small orchard was planted today comprising apple and plum trees in our community garden.

We also enjoyed leftover Ferguson Plarre cake donated to the Empowering Moreland Forum plus fresh coffee and tea and sharing winter produce, mainly winter greens and lemons.

Victoria brought along some exquisite sticky date pudding with warm caramel sauce that simply melted our tastebuds.
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Open Table Community Lunch

Free Community Lunch this Saturday

Everyone welcome

Food will be Vegetarian Halal

Invite your friends, family and neighbours and meet other members of the community while sharing a meal.

Saturday 2nd August 2014
1 – 3pm
Fawkner Senior Citizens Centre
CB Smith Reserve,
77 Jukes Rd, Fawkner

For more information visit www.open-table.org
or call (03) 9357 4631
Everyone welcome – no need to RSVP

Threat to Merri Creek Path with Sale of Lakeside Secondary College site

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Merri Creek forms an important parkland for the north-south length of Fawkner and Reservoir. It is also an important corridor for wildlife and for users of the Merri Creek Shared bike path which winds its way along the creek sometimes on the east and sometimes the west bank.

The path uses the east bank of the creek behind the Department of Education site in Reservoir, where Lakeside Secondary College once stood. The title to the this site at 31 Radford St, Reservoir extends down to the creek verge. The Educational Department wants to sell the property and has requested the site to be rezoned for Industrial use.

Several hectares of the site lie outside the school fence on a bend of the Creek and have been planted and managed for about 30 years by Darebin Council, as part of the Merri Creek open space corridor.

If the creek frontage is sold without transfer of title to the Crown or Darebin Council, access to and use of the Merri Creek Shared pathway could be threatened.
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Autumn bird survey along Merri Creek

1. Friends of Merri Creek have an informative session on the birds of the Merri and northern Melbourne, on Tuesday 29 April. Please register (see details in flyer below).

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2. Friends of Merri Creek quarterly bird survey – 18 May 2014

IMG_1085_black_faced_cuckoo_shrikeA couple of Autumn events to do with local birdlife. Come along to observe and count cool weather avian visitors at the next Friends of Merri Creek bird surveys on Sunday 18 May, 8.45-10.30am.

The survey at Bababi Marning will be a week later, on 25 May, 8.45-10.30am. No need to register beforehand.

Beginner-birders are welcome to the surveys, as well as experienced birders. Bring binoculars if you have them, and drinking water, closed-in footwear and a sunhat. Preferably wear sombre colours. No dogs, please.

How about visiting a part of the Merri that you haven’t seen? – choose a site from the list below.

Survey meeting points:
Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), Fawkner: Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2).
Egan Reserve-Harding St-Strettle Reserve: Meet at the steps at end of The Grove, East Coburg (Melway 30 A3).
Coburg Lake Reserve: Meet near the car park, Lake Grove Coburg (Melway 17 H10).
Edwardes Lake: Meet at the playground adjacent to Griffiths St, Reservoir (Melway 18 E5).
CERES to Moreland Road: Meet at the seats on the Merri Path at rear of CERES near Blyth Street, East Brunswick (Melway 30 B7).
Phillips Reserve, Merri Park: Meet at the end of Victoria St, East Brunswick, at barbecue shelter (Melway 30 B8).
Hall Reserve- Yarra Bend Park: Meet at the Rotunda, Hall Reserve, Clifton Hill (Melway 2D D1).
Galada Tamboore: Meet at the end of Hatty Court, Campbellfield (Melway 7 K6).
Galgi Ngaark (Craigieburn Grasslands): Meet at the O’Herns Road gate off Hume Highway (Melway 180 E6).

The survey at Bababi Marning will be a week later, on 25 May, 8.45-10.30am. No need to register beforehand.
Bababi Marning (Cooper St Grasslands): Meet outside the Istrian Social Club, Cooper St Epping (Melway 387K10).

Minibeasts and microhabitats – an illustrated Guide

Native Flax

Native Flax

Brian Bainbridge, President of the Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association and also a member of Sustainable Fawkner, will present an illustrated guide to creating a habitat garden using local plants to attract a diversity of wildlife.

This is a Moreland Library service Readmore Event

Where: Coburg Library
When: 6.30 pm, Thursday 1 May 2014

Register for this event online

Craft Afternoons

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4th Saturday of the month

Learn a skill, share a skill or simply craft in company

No tutors, no fees, just us!
12 noon till 3pm,
every fourth Saturday of the month,
Fawkner Community House,
C.B. Smith Reserve, Jukes Road, Fawkner

Contact Colleen: Ph. 0403 744 045
Email sustainablefawkner@yahoo.com.au

Make Sauce with Graziella

tomato

Make a traditional passata the Graziella way!
Come along to the Community House and learn how to make tomato sauce with Graziella.
Saturday April 12th at 1pm
$4.00 to cover ingredients
Fawkner Community House
CB Smith Reserve,
Jukes Rd. Fawkner
To book, phone 9357 4631
sustainablefawkner@yahoo.com.au

Local History Group

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Are you interested in exploring the history of our neighborhood and surrounds?

Meet other interested people on
Saturday April 5th at 2pm

Fawkner Community House
CB Smith Reserve, Jukes Rd. Fawkner
Ph. 9357 4631

Chilling out at a hot February Food Swap

Inspecting the graden produce

Inspecting the graden produce

Come along this Saturday 8 February and share produce, commiserate over lost plants and frizzled vegies with the summer heatwaves, and make plans for Autumn.

We’ll retreat to the House if it’s too ridiculously hot. We have a volunteer offering to bring icy poles so we can chill out!

The Melbourne weather forecast for Saturday is for the temperature to reach 40C. “Hot and sunny. Light winds becoming north to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the late afternoon.”

Temperatures overnight on Saturday are expected to stay high at 30 degrees, approaching the overnight minimum record. The record high minimum temperature of 30.6 degrees was set on February 2, 1902 and matched on January 12, 2010.

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Food Swap
Saturday 8 February
10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Fawkner Community House
CB Smith Reserve
Jukes Rd Fawkner

Remember in this hot weather to stay cool, drink lots of water and keep a look out for elderly neighbours who may be feeling the heat. Put out plenty of water for pets and bird life and other native animals, especially if you live near the Merri Creek nature corridor.

More information on health and heatwaves from Moreland Council, and Victorian Department of Health.