In May and June I spent some time cycling along Merlynston creek on several trips, exploring some of it’s secrets. Merlynston Creek is about 11 kilometres long from it’s source in an industrial area in northern Campbellfield, just a little north of the Ford Broadmeadows plant, to it’s confluence with the Merri Creek just north of Coburg Lake.
Merlynston Creek intrigued me. The creek, in it’s passage through Fawkner Cemetery, could be considered Fawkner’s natural geographical western boundary.
The State Government announced $1.7 million upgrade to develop visitor infrastructure, including 6km of new bike and walking paths, at Merri Creek Park in Campbellfield. But we are still to see any commitment to build important bicycle shared use paths in Campbellfield: the extension of Merri Creek Trail and Extension of the Upfield bike path to Barry Road at Upfield.
The Money for the Merri Creek Park facilities comes from the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) fund. The 6 km of new paths will improve some community access to the 650 hectare green space in Campbellfield, which hosts nationally significant native grasslands. It is a real pity there is no public commitment from state MPs to fund the missing links that would help connect the park and local residential suburbs.
Three of the ten candidates standing for the Wills Federal electorate have signed the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) pledge: Samantha Ratnam (The Greens), Camille Sydow (Animal Justice Party) and Zane Alcorn (Socialist Alliance). This pledge is an undertaking that if elected they will:
- Support Clean Energy. Transitioning Australia to 100 percent clean energy.
- Cut Pollution. Moving to zero net climate pollution before 2050 and closing dirty coal burning power stations.
- Protect our reefs, rivers, forests and wildlife. Supporting a strong set of laws and institutions to improve biodiversity and regulate pollution.
Other candidates have taken away the pledge card to consider but have not yet committed. These include: Peter Khalil (Labor), Will Fulgenzi (Socialist Equality), Tristram Chellow (Sex Party).
This is an important pledge as it contains commitments to phase out polluting coal and increase renewable energy to 100 percent, to transition to a zero carbon economy before 2050, and to protect our forests, rivers and reefs. All these are essential if we are to meet out international climate commitments of the Paris Agreement.
Camille Sydow from Animal Justice Party signed the ACF Pledge
Samantha Ratnam from The Greens signed the ACF Pledge
Zane Alcorn from Socialist Alliance signed the ACF Pledge
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.
Sustainable Fawkner want pictures of your proudest recycling moment, hard-rubbish treasures and re-purposed trash. Be eligible to win suitably sustainable prizes!
You can load them on our Facebook events page
or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hard copies can also be received at Fawkner Community House, CB Smith Reserve, Jukes Road, Fawkner
Photos will be exhibited and judged by popular vote at Fawkner Festa on 9th November & Fawkner Community House Community Market on 30th November.
A bird of prey over Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Rd Grasslands)
Fancy yourself a budding scientist? Or just enjoy a walk along Merri Creek parklands identifying the numerous bird species that live or frequent the area?
The November Merri Creek Bird Survey, the 4th survey for the year, will take place next Sunday 11 November, 8.45-10.30am. The survey is undertaken at several locations up and down Merri Creek, and at Lake Edwardes including at Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), Fawkner.
Come along. No need to book. Just turn up at 8.45am. Bring binoculars if you have them, a sunhat and closed-in shoes. Leave dogs at home.
Sacred Kingfisher at Fawkner logged in Nov 2011 birdsurvey
Come along to participate in the Merri Creek Bird survey. The next bird surveys along the Merri Creek and at Edwardes Lake will be held on Sunday 19 February, 8.45-10.30am.
Bring drinking water, and binoculars if you have them. Closed-in footwear and a sunhat would also be useful. No dogs, please. Be aware that snakes could be around.
In Fawkner: Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), Fawkner: Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2) at 8.45am.
The birds counted in the survey in November 2011 included a sacred kingfisher, red browed finch, black faced cuckoo shrike, New Holland Honeyeater and many more.
February 2nd was World Wetlands Day. I cruised on down to the upper parts of Merri Creek at Moomba Park at Fawkner in the late afternoon light to check out our local wetlands. The creek here appears to be in good condition with relatively few signs of physical pollution (plastic, rubbish).
Freshwater wetlands are important carbon sinks says a new scientific study. The Australian Conservation Society commissioned an economic study of the Hattah wetlands within the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park in northern Victoria estimating the economic value of wetlands conservation and found that if healthy water levels are maintained, each year the wetlands provides millions of dollars in economic services such as water filtration, flood control, water storage and habitat preservation for maintaining biodiversity.
Come along on Saturday 14th January for our first Food Swap of 2012.
We will be setup between 10.30am to 12.30pm at Fawkner Community House.
Just come to the end of the car park for Fawkner Pool.
We had a successful food swap and jumble sale here on 10th December. Lots of clothes and great books were available.
Sustainable Fawkner December Food Swap and Jumble sale
Caption: Zero Carbon Moreland stall at the Fawkner Festa
Zero Carbon Moreland has invited Sustainable Fawkner to talk at their monthly pub night for Moreland residents this Thursday. Dave from the Merlynston group is also talking.
The discussion will be about community space and community resilience. If you’re free, come along!
Details are: Thursday 10 November from 6-8pm at the Edinburgh Castle, cnr Albion St and Sydney Rd Brunswick, in the little dining room.