Activities

The 2017 planting season is upon us and helping hands are always welcome.

Sunday 21 May, 10am – 12pm – Primula Boulevard, Gowanbrae

Sunday 4 June, 1pm – 3:30pm – Ripplebrook Drive, Westmeadows

Sunday 4 June, 2pm – 4pm – Five Mile Creek Reserve at the end of Government Drive, Essendon

Sunday 25 June, 10am – 12:30pm – Kingsford Smith Ulm Reserve, Glenroy.  Meet at the playground.

Sunday 2 July, 2pm – 4pm – Five Mile Creek Reserve at the end of Government Drive, Essendon

Sunday 9 July, 10am – 12pm – Gowanbrae Edge Community Planting at the end of Primula Boulevard, Gowanbrae

Sunday 16 July, 10am – 12pm – Gowanbrae Edge Community Planting at the end of Primula Boulevard, Gowanbrae

Sunday 6 August, 1pm – 3:30pm – Westmeadows Reserve at the end of Bent Street, Westmeadows

Sunday 6 August, 2pm – 4pm – Five Mile Creek Reserve at the end of Government Drive, Essendon

Sunday 13 August, 10am – 12:30pm – Herbert Street Reserve, Pascoe Vale

Sunday 13 August, 10am – 12pm – Horshoe Bend Working Bee

 

 

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.

 

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