Congratulations to Friends of Merri Creek for receiving $50,000 in community biodiversity grant funding from the state government for their program: The Secret Seven: Seeds for our Flora’s Future.
Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio visited the sheoak woodlands at Moomba Park in Fawkner on September 14 where the announcement was made that an additional $4 million will go towards community-based projects in the latest round of grants under the Biodiversity On-ground Action program. (See Ministerial press release)
At the event Minister D’Ámbrosio planted an endangered Matted Flax Lily (Dianella Amoena) to ‘Help the Blue Banded Bee Rock the Grasslands’. (Refer to Brian Bainbridge talk on importance of Pollen Pathways)
There was a spring-fed wetlands at the end of Jukes Road, about 100 metres east of Merri Creek. It was a series of small pools in clefts on exposed basalt floaters. The pools were perched above the surrounding area, crystal clear, surrounded by reeds and full of Growling Grass Frogs. Coburg City Council covered them sometime between about 1975 to 1985. They are still there, buried, waiting to be uncovered and repaired.