Bird watching along Merri Creek Spring 2019

Red-capped Robin

It’s spring and here is your chance to get out and explore the avian wildlife of the Merri Creek catchment.

The Friends of Merri Creek runs bird surveys along the creek. The early spring bird surveys along Merri Creek are on 15 September and 22 September. Come along and enjoy a busy time of year for the birds!

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Does water flow downhill? Merlynston Creek contaminted in Hume, but not in Moreland?

Picture perfect Jack Roper Reserve, just don’t go swimming, fishing, or boating

Merlynston Creek has had continual problems with e-coli contamination for at least two two years, according to a motion at Hume Council meeting in August. The report of the pollution from SKM recycling fire in July 2017 also found high levels of e-coli contamination that has continued.

The following question was asked at Moreland Council meeting on 14 August, 2019 by Fawkner resident John Englart, regarding High levels of continuing e-coli contamination in Merlynston Creek.
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Planting & free BBQ at Bababi Djinanang Fawkner

You are invited to help out at the following event:

Bababi DjinanangSunday 23 June, 10.00am-12.30pm
East end of Jukes Rd, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2 – see Google map)
Help re-establish a range of grassy ground-cover plants and reintroduce several rare wildflowers to this native grassland in Fawkner. Free BBQ lunch with halal and vegetarian options.

Funded by Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority.

It would be appreciated it if you are able to post the attached poster where interested people might see it.

Birdwatching along the Merri in May

Sacred Kingfisher at Fawkner

Sacred Kingfisher at Fawkner logged in Nov 2011 birdsurvey

The bird surveys on Merri Creek in May are on soon. How are the birds faring after a long dry summer? Pick a site and come along! The following details are supplied by Friends of Merri Creek.
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Fawkner residents urge upgrade to the #Upfieldline

Sheridan Tate from Coolaroo speaking outside Gowrie Station

Fawkner residents rely on the Upfield train line as the primary public transport link into the city.

Residents and others from up and down the Upfield line attended a rally on Saturday in Bonwick Street to push for more trains, track duplication and upgrade of the Upfield line. See full report (including speeches) at the Upfield Transport Alliance: Duplicate the Upfield Line needs to be a priority says Fawkner Rally.
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Climate, environment and forest issues in Victorian 2018 state election #vicvotes

Northern Metro region ballot paper

Our state election comes at an important time as we face major environmental issues with accelerating impacts of climate change, plastic pollution, continued deforestation.

The MPs we elect will make important decisions for us in Fawkner, our City of Moreland, and for all of Victoria that will have ramifications well into the future, sometimes for decades.

Most of us are caught up with day to day lives, with work and paying our taxes and our bills, raising our children. But it is so important to ensure that the benefits we enjoy today are maintained for the future, and the future of our children. If we don’t take the requisite actions we leave an enormous economic, social and environmental debt for future generations.

The big over-arching issue of the Victorian election campaign is addressing climate action at the state level. The recent IPCC 1.5C report articulated strongly that we need rapid and transformative social change at all levels of society if we are to avoid dangerous climate change. We are in a climate emergency.

This is so important as the Federal Liberal Government has failed in 5 years of delivering any climate and energy policy, with Australian emissions continuing to rise under the Prime Ministerships of Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison.

Here we provide different organisations reviewing the policies of candidates and parties in the 2018 Victorian state election in the hope that you find this useful for making your vote count in the Victorian state election.
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On the Cemetery Kangaroos and Moreland Council Biodiversity strategy

Campbellfield Creek

When I started raising concerns about the Kangaroos in Northern memorial Park, I thought this was a fairly simple issue about their welfare in the face of cemetery development.

After a meeting with Cemetery staff I am now reassured about their continuing welfare.

But as I made wider enquiries I discovered further issues with regard to Moreland Council’s lack of action in developing a Biodiversity Strategy.

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Moreland’s Kangaroo population facing grave development?

Grave site development in Northern memorial Park squeezing out Native Grasslands and Kangaroos


Over several years I have watched the mob of kangaroos within the Northern Memorial Park. Usually I see them from the Western Ring Road trail, but occasionally when I venture in to the cemetery, they can sometimes be seen among the native grasslands from the northern graves section.

But the cemetery is expanding, and new grave sites are being opened up on the north western area of the Northern Memorial Park. The area of native grasslands is shrinking.

On a cycle ride along the Western Ring road on July 17 I counted at least 18 Eastern Grey Kangaroos. This is perhaps the last mob of kangaroos permanently living within the bounds of the Municipality of Moreland. I think they are worthwhile to conserve and maintain in our municipality.

A little bit of kangaroo wildness in our rapidly urban consolidating municipality.
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Congestion on the Upfield Line: why we need dual track upgrade as a priority

Packed like Sardines on Upfield line due to Craigieburn line closure. Photo by Corey Cresswell @coreycresswell /Twitter

There have been quite a few complaints about congestion on the Upfield rail line this last week from Friday 22 June to Wednesday 27 June. Metro Trains and Level Crossing Removal Authority have badly stuffed up their communications to passengers about closing the Craigieburn train line, provision of replacement bus services, and the implications for users of the Upfield Train line.

“The Upfield line needs track duplication from Gowrie to Upfield as a priority so that increased service frequency can be offered when the Craigieburn line is closed.” said sustainable transport campaigner and Fawkner resident John Englart.

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Will Broadmeadows SES move to Fawkner?

The Broadmeadows SES unit is currently located on Mahoneys Road, just west of Merri Creek, but it’s lease on this land, although extended, is set to expire in 2019.

One option is for the Broadmeadows SES unit to move down to a new home base next to the Fawkner police station, but it would require a new building and the State Government providing funds for such a move.

SES Broadmeadows to move to Fawkner?


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