The Mount Evelyn Environmental Protection and Progress Association (MEEPPA) is celebrating 10 years as a recipient of Melbourne Water’s Community Grants program.
Melbourne Water has provided MEEPPA with grants of $130,000 to assist with planting nearly 7,000 native plants over 10 years as well as weed control along Olinda Creek from York Rd, down Tramway Rd and around the Mt Evelyn Recreation Reserve to the bridge at the end of the picnic area. The group’s efforts have also reduced weed infestation and increased indigenous vegetation within Mt Evelyn Recreation Reserve.
MEEPPA match every funding dollar they receive with in-kind volunteer time to do the work, and have worked extra time covering the monitoring the flora and fauna in the area, writing reports and educating groups in the community about the work and environment around the Recreation Reserve.
Melbourne Water Program Leader Andrew Downing said MEEPPA has made a valuable contribution to the health of Olinda Creek throughout the 10 year partnership.
“Through Melbourne Water’s grants program MEEPPA have dedicated hundreds of hours to weeding and replacing along Olinda Creek,” he said.
“It’s fantastic to see the positive impact this hard work has had on the health and amenity of their local waterway, and we are very grateful for their efforts.
“We love working with enthusiastic and long standing groups such as MEEPPA. Their hard work and passion for the environment is a great example of what can be achieved when the local community comes together to help out the environment.
It’s also great to see the way that MEEPPA engages with the community, including local school students, and encourages them to get involved with improvement works along Olinda Creek.
This is really important in helping students understand the positive impact they can have on their local environment. It’s wonderful to see them caring for their surroundings and taking pride in the environmental assets their local area has to offer”.
“With over 8,400 kilometres of waterways to maintain, we’re continually working across greater Melbourne to protect and improve our local rivers and creeks. Volunteer community groups play a vital role in helping us carry out these important works and we rely on dedicated groups like MEEPPA to help us look after the environment,”said Mr Downing.
In addition to the money granted by Melbourne Water over the 10 years, MEEPPA have also received $42,000 from Port Phillip and Western Port Catchment Authority for similar works along the other side of the Recreation Reserve.
Banner photo: MEEPPA and Melbourne Water celebrate 10 years of grants, with working partners Diverse Bush Management and Yarra Ranges Council.
L-R: Sarah Branton (Diverse Bush Management), Franc Smith, Clare Warsnop (MEEPPA President), Andrew Downing (Melbourne Water), Gwenda Donaldson, Charlotte Paterson, Wilani van Wyk-Smit, Priya Crawford-Willson (Melbourne Water), Robyn Speering, Steve Brunt (Yarra Ranges Council), Cr Tony Stevenson, Bronwyn Grass (Yarra Ranges Council). Photo by Greg Carrick