On Friday 27th July, Carmen & Daryl represented MEG at the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria / Sustainable Cities environmental awards presentation. Three environmental awards went to Melton.
MEG: Protection of the Environment Award
Biolinks, birds & blogging about grassy woodland
Melton Environment Group has worked on the Arnolds Creek Bio-link since 2008, protecting &
enhancing the native grasslands and woodlands that are abundant in birdlife. To assist with a shortage of nesting hollows, the group obtained funding to erect nest boxes in the creek area. Recently the focus has been on revegetation, weed control, litter clean ups and bird surveying. Prior to planting, MEG negotiated with the Wurundjeri Council to ensure Aboriginal heritage was respected. Members collect seeds which are delivered to the Dame Phyllis Frost horticulture program where they are propagated and then returned to MEG for re-planting, facilitating the regrowth of indigenous species.
‘To encompass the wider community MEG conduct wildflower walks in the grey box forest located at the headwaters of the stream. A bird watching group was formed in 2012 and they stay in touch through their blog - Nature out West, inviting other wild life watchers to share in their observations.