Sunday 19 May 2013, 1-3pm
Planting: Escarpment restoration north of the Silurian Cliff site (opposite the removed willows)
Hosted by the Friends of Edgars Creek, Funded by Melbourne Water Community Grant
Meet at the Silurian Cliff site – access via Ronald St and head north past the bridge
(Melways Map 18 A8)
Phone David on 0428 130 268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Located in Melbourne, Victoria, Edgars Creek flows along a 17km course from its headwater in Wollert through the highly urbanised suburbs of Epping , Thomastown and Reservoir, finally joining the Merri Creek in North Coburg.
The Friends of Edgars Creek is a community group established in 2007 to help restore and protect the Edgars Creek, a largest tributary of Merri Creek.
FOEC Group activities include:
- Plantings and hands-on activities
- Litter cleanup
- Talks, walks and tours
- Campaigns against major threats to the Creek
- Community education and planning
- Water quality testing
March 2013 Update
The Friends of Edgars Creek Calendar for 2013 is available, see the calendar page
FoEC thank Melbourne Water for their continued support of our work. We were successful in our application for another Community Grant that will provide funding for our projects in 2013-14. We also thank Satterley for their support in 2013.
Hope to see you down at the creek!
May 2012 Update
The Friends of Edgars Creek Annual General Meeting 2012 was held on Saturday 26 February 2012 at the Hidden Creek Community Centre.
Meeting minutes are available here.
The May - July 2012 FoEC focus is also available from the newsletters
We have two plantings this month. The first is on 3rd June at the Confluence Area and is a combined event with Moreland City Council and our other local Friends of groups to Celebrating World Environment Day.
Later, on the 24th June, is grassland planting at the Silurian Cliff site.
Hope to see you down at the creek!
April 2012 Update
Unfortunately the planned Walk and Talk activity scheduled for Sunday April 15 will not happen on that date.
Rather, on Saturday April 21st
we will be joined by Wurundjeri Elder Bill Nicholson who will give a welcome to country and
share stories of the Wurundjeri with us.
Bill will talk to the group between 1.30-2.30 PM, however we will will be
down on the creek before that time doing some maintenance at the Siulrian Cliff site and then enjoying an afternoon
tea/coffee and snacks.
The talk will be at the Silurian Cliff site - a good place for a gathering!
March 2012 Update - 2012 Calendar Available!
You can download a copy of the calendar from here.
Hello FoEC Members and Friends,
Our calendar of events commences this weekend with an information session to present members and friends with information on a number of key areas that the commottee has been working on over the past year or so.
FoEC has presented Moreland City Council with a 3-year strategic plan and this has been given full support by the Council. Included in this plan are a number of new plantings that will be away from the stream verge that will be funded by Satterley (Coburg Hill - Kodak site developer). we also have seen the commencemnt of work on a Master Plan for the EC corridor - something FoEC has been advocating for over many years now.
Sundays event is planned to commence with first with a meet and talk about these exciting developments and then to do some much needed maintenance work on some of our flood effected areas (remember the Christmas storms and floods!!!).
I hope to see you down on the creek on Sunday!
February 2012 Update
Dear FoEC Members and Friends,
I hope that 2012 has been good to you all so far and that the year ahead is filled with those things that you want it to be filled with!
I am writing to advise that FoEC's AGM will be held on Sunday the 26th of February. The formal meeting will commence at 1 PM and the venue is the Creek. We will be convening on the east bank of the Creek at the Gooseneck Meander site, just upstream from the (currently out of order) footbridge near Ronald Street. The formal meeting will be followed by a working bee to tackle some of the damage caused by the Christmas storms/flooding. Should the weather be extremely hot or raining we have the Hidden Creek Community Centre booked as a back up plan.
All positions on the committee are vacated on an annual basis. Therefore all positions are open for nominations. Please advise me by email in advance of the meeting if you intend to nominate for any of the positions.
I can also now formally announce that we were successful with our 2011 Melbourne Water Community Grant Application. This means we are funded through 2012 and into 2013 for more projects that will expand upon our key sites and also see the initiation of works at the Caravan Park site. Thanks to Melbourne Water for their continued support of our group. It is a wonderful endorsement of the work that FoEC has undertaken and is planning for 2012-13 and beyond.
Our full year calendar is not yet complete, though I will be in a position to send out a full calendar by the time of the AGM (I have been working on some other projects that I will hopefully be in a position to discuss at the AGM). We will have non-planting events in March and April as we have done in previous years and hope to utilise one of these to present to members on a number of exciting developments for the Creek including the commencement of a formal Master Plan for the Creek between the confluence with the Merri Creek and Edwardes Lake.
I hope to see you down on the creek!
June 2011 Update
Hello again Members and friends,
I wanted to make a note of thanks to those volunteers who joined us on Sunday. We were able to achieve a total of just over 600 plants! (though a couple of hundred or so were juncus asitatus plugged straight into the creek bank). A great day for the creek!
I would like to note the fabulous efforts of Rob "Stock" Burnett, our works manager who is literally pushing through the pain barrier to enable us to get our materials on site and be so organised when everyone arrives on site.
A quick note about our July event, the joint planting with Friends of Edwardes Lake, Darebin City Council and MCMC at Edwardes Lake. I can confirm that the time is 1-3 PM - the calendar has the time as TBA. The planting will be on the west side of the lake, close to the spill way and opposite the hotel.
February 2011 - Calendar Available
2011 calendar is out now! Click here to download a copy.
Looking forward to seeing you down the creek!
October 2010 - Update
Our final planting for 2010 resulted in more than 400 indigenous plants in the ground including Poas, Lomandras, Callistemons, Goodenias, and Allocasuarinas. This was the second planting for this site in 2010 and extended an established gooseneck meander planting site up a precariously steep bank. This planting site was painstakingly prepared by our dedicated works manager, president and past president to ensure the plants got off to the best possible start. Over 40 friends, including those of the canine species contributed to this amazing result.
Check out the photos at our new gallery page!. You may even spot yourself!
Make sure to check back to the galleries often as it will be updated frequently. Feel free to send in your own pics, details are on the gallery page.
Our next event is weeding at the gooseneck meander site, see box to the right of the page for details. Weeding is a really important activity for the FOEC plants as it allows them to get a good start without greedy weeds stealing all their sunlight, nutrients and water. It also ensures friends' blood, sweat and beers during the planting months are not wasted ;)
A big thanks to all the friends who have participated in FoEC activities so far this year and welcome to anyone who is considering joining us at future events, did I mention that there is afternoon tea involved?
May 2010 - Welcome to the new FoEC website!
FoEC is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation based in Melbourne that focuses on improving the water quality and surroundings of the creek corridor for environmental and recreational purposes.
Edgars creek is significant to the environment and community in many ways. Open space and bushland is a rare thing within 10km of the city providing scarcely found habitat for wildlife and a chance to appreciate our natural flora. Significant to so many people and animals over tens of thousands of years, to improve and rebuild this area is a chance to reconnect with the land and introduce its recreational, cultural and social value to others.
In addition to this new website there are many new and exciting things happening for Edgars Creek and its friends in 2010!
- Walk and talks on bushfoods of the creek and remnant vegetation
- Significant involvement in community action groups/activities such as Edgars Creek taskforce to protect the impact of any bordering developments on the creek.
- Submission regarding the redevelopment of the former Kodak site
- A brand new custom built trailer (pictures to come)
- A back saver water pump and hose
- Many new members
- Friendly chats and idea swapping over a cuppa down the creek
We hope you join us, this website is a work in progress, any feedback is most welcome.
See you down the creek!
Your FoEC committee