Date: 28th of March
Location: Home of Robert Brierley - 3 Nicholsdale Rd
Present: Robert Brierly (president), Janice McMurtry, Bob and June Strickland, Barrie Gallacher, Jim Breen, Eleanor Stephenson, Malcolm, Annie
Apologies: John Cott
Robert welcomed all present.
BUSINESS OF THE MEETING - ELECTION OF COMMITTEE
May 3 at John Cott's home 2 Hollsmore Street at 7.30
DOCUMENTS PRESENTED AT THE MEETING - COPIES ATTACHED
Minutes prepared by Chris Walta
The past 12 months has seen continued momentum for change occur in the restoration of the creek. Awareness and support for our efforts has grown significantly. Membership has remained steady at over 35. Thanks also to local shopkeepers, John Daly the Picture Framer and the printer RF Dixon who has assisted with printing of our newsletter.
Clean-up Australia day continues to reveal rubbish accumulated over the past 30 years as well as the refuse and debri washed down with storm water. In 2003 50 people collected 23 bags of rubbish. Early in 2004 over 55 people collected 30+ bags of rubbish. It is clear that this will continue to be an annual event if the creek is to be kept clean.
During the 2003 year FOBC published 4 newsletters extending our distribution to over 600 households. We conducted 11 working bees involving a total of 250 volunteers contributing over 500 hours of work. This included participation in Clean up day, National tree & Schools Tree days as well as Greening Australia's Spring Planting festival. Last year also saw the participation by representiatives of Rotary Club of Boroondara, and Shell Australia as well as residents from other suburbs. The year ahead will see us attempting to consolidate and grow this support to enable us achieve our many projects. With the cooperation and assistance of local residents, the City of Boroondara and Melbourne Water the following was achieved in 2003:
Following a community meeting in February 2003, an agreement was obtained with Melbourne Water, which set clear guidelines for the removal of willows along the creek. This saw 7 large willows removed over the subsequent months along the Quinton Road section of the creek. Melbourne Water has also planted nearly 1000 seedlings nearby to assist with the rehabilitation.
In April 2003 Melbourne Water created 2 rock pools that has shown to provide not only improved waterflow control during heavy downpour but also enhanced water retention. Over the past year the creek has seen the reemergence of the native slender knotweed along this section of the creek.
In June 2003 FOBC received a $6400 grant from Melbourne Water to further plant out the east side of the creek along Quinton Road
National Tree Day on 27 July 2003 saw over 50 residents plant 1000 seedlings along the pathway. The previous Friday had seen 55 grade 5/6 students from Wattle Park Primary School plant 300 seedlings.
In July and August 2003 the Council completed the middle section of granetic rock pathway between Cornell Street and Riversdale Road. During September - November nearly 1000 seedlings were planted along this section of the pathway
In December 2003 FOBC received grant approval from the council for $1500 towards the planting of native vegetation along theembankment next to the pathway to improve the amenity.
With the cooperation and assistance of a local school teacher, FOBC propagated over 100 native Pobblebonk tadpoles which were put into the creek in recent months. Sadly the creek is all but completely dry with even the pool next to the Riversdale Rd tunnel at its lowest level for years. Time will tell if any have survived.
In December 2003 FOBC received approval from NHT Envirofund for $9000, which will be used to revegetate along the eastern side of the creek at the Cornell street end. This will be a particularly challenging section as the steep embankment and restricted access will present barriers to clearing and replanting.
The 2004 year ahead:
This year we have 3 challenging projects ahead. It is fair to say that what we have tackled to date has been the easy stuff. The year ahead will require us to cover terrain that is less accessible and harder to handle. We have $15,000 worth of funds in these 3 projects that must be completed over the next 18 months.
Our goals for the year ahead will be:
I hope that FOBC can extend our network of friends even further so that our goals can be fulfilled and the challenges ahead overcome.
28 March 2004