Activities

The 2017 planting season is well underway and helping hands are always welcome.

 

Sunday 9 July, 10am – 12pm – Gowanbrae Edge Working Bee at the end of Primula Boulevard, Gowanbraee (Melway 16 D1), run by Moreland City Council.

Sunday 16 July, 10am – 12pm – Gowanbrae Edge Community Planting at the end of Primula Boulevard, Gowanbrae (Melway 16 D1), run by Moreland City Council.

Sunday 6 August, 1pm – 3:30pm – Westmeadows Reserve at the end of Bent Street (or the car park off Ardie St), Westmeadows (Melway 5 K6), run by City of Hume.

Sunday 6 August, 2pm – 4pm – 5 Mile Creek Reserve (Melway 28 J2) at the end of Government Road, Essendon, run by Moonee Valley City Council.

Sunday 13 August, 10am – 12:30pm – Moonee Ponds Creek, Herbert Street Reserve, Pascoe Vale (Melway 16 H8), run by Moreland City Council.

Sunday 27 August, 10am-12pm – Westbreen Creek, Gavin Park, Arndt Rd, Pascoe Vale (Melway 17 A7), run by Moreland City Council.

Any last minute cancellations and changes will be posted on our Facebook page

Hume, Moreland and Moonee Valley  Councils run these plantings and would prefer people to register their attendance on their websites to assist with planning and catering.

For all plantings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring your own gloves and drinking.  Children are very welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Please keep up to date with all the very latest happenings by visiting our Facebook page, or you can check the back page of the latest Ponderings newsletter.

 

Revegetation Guide

Have you ever wondered how we know what to plant along the Creek ?  Here is the comprehensive Moonee Ponds Creek Corridor Revegetation Guidelines that we follow.  (Apologies for the poor quality of the scan, if anyone has an electronic copy of the document, please let us know !)

 

Great news on Hopetoun Reserve, Brunswick West!

MLA for Brunswick, Jane Garrett, today notified the FoMPC the State Government has transferred the section of Hopetoun Ave Reserve parkland, that was to be rezoned and sold, to Moreland Council to be retained as public open space.   “A proud community win indeed and congratulations to all involved for the dedication and hard work in maintaining public land for community use” (Jane Garrett 31/3/17).

 

Have a look at some of our achievements, like the re-planting of the Lawson Street Reservehere.

 

There is always something happening on the information and planning front.  FoMPC is regularly involved in submissions or objections to projects that could impact the creek, as well as providing interesting updates.

Updates from Dept Environment, Water, Land & Planning

Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2036. 
Review of the Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations. 
Review of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988.  Discussion paper to be released soon

In regard to the restoration of creek meanders, re-forming of swales and ‘living streams’, there is a report about “Restoring Urban Drains to Living Streams” in Decision Point Online, #27 August 2106 issue; see the following link:http://decision-point.com.au/article/restoring-urban-drains-to-living-streams/

Work is underway on a submission seeking to reinstate a meander in the Moonee Ponds Creek at Westmeadows which was cut off in 1976 in what was then an attempt to improve creek hydrology.

Moreland City Council is creating a ‘Living Stream’ at the Herbert St Reserve in Pascoe Vale in another meander cut off when the Moonee Ponds Creek underwent extensive concrete channelisation.  Stormwater will be diverted from an existing underground drain through a swale that follows the line of the former creek before entering the creek.  The project will enhance habitat and biodiversity and the attractiveness of the reserve.  Take a look at Moreland’s Concept Design for more details.

Good news regarding the submission to Hume Council on  Amendment C202, which was seeking to rezone land close to the Creek in Western Avenue, Westmeadows, predominantly to a Comprehensive Development Zone.  Hume Council determined, for the third time, to reject the application for the rezoning of the Westmeadows land.  The FoMPC very much welcomed the decision and maintains that the land should remain as a buffer between the Tullamarine Landfill site, residential areas and the Creek.  It is important to preserve this section of the Creek as it retains much of its natural character, its ‘chain of ponds’ and old River Red Gums.

FoMPC Submission Water-for-Victoria

FoMPC Submission VicRoads Noise Policy

FoMPC Submission Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2036