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VIC Merri Creek Women's Walk 2021/22

Icon of a calendar 23 Mar, 2022 | Small clock icon 5.30-7pm AEDT | Icon of a map pin Joe's Garden at Merri Creek

During times of lockdowns, we have all learned how important our local parks and waterways are in managing our well-being. The Victorian Branch of the Australian Water Association (AWA) has been working with the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation and the community to establish a virtual trail along the Merri Creek to create a greater awareness of people’s connection to the land and water. 

The Merri Creek Women’s Walk trail acknowledges Wurundjeri’s connection to the land and water and tells the stories of several inspiring women who have contributed to the Merri Creek and its local environment.

The idea to establish a Women’s Walk along the Merri Creek began in response to hearing the horrendous story of a man’s assault on a woman as she was jogging along the creek in broad daylight in 2019. While several events have been held to both acknowledge the harm and to try and reclaim the area as safe to be enjoyed by the broader community, AWA VIC Committee member Meredith Gibbs felt that a more lasting commemoration, and indeed celebration, of women along the Merri Creek would be appropriate. In addition to this, the Merri Creek is one of the most polluted urban waterways in Melbourne and local groups have been working tirelessly for some time to improve the waterway and riparian zone. 

In line with AWA’s Strategy to Share, Connect & Inspire
With the support of AWA’s Victorian Branch Committee of the Australian Water Association, Meredith was looking for a practical project to connect Merri Creek with AWA members and local groups for inspiration and provide an opportunity to share stories, which resulted in the idea to establish a walking trail, featuring women's stories, from Joe’s Garden along the Merri Creek between Moreland Road and Bell Street. 

Due to Covid restrictions we could not host a launch on location but on Wednesday 20 October '21, many joined us online for the launch of the AWA VIC Merri Creek Women's Walk virtual trail map and listened to inspirational women who helped shape the Merri Creek environment. We had a wonderful Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Di who shared her personal connection to the Creek and others too shared their stories from various locations along the trail.  

We now look forward to walking the trail on Wednesday 23 March 2022, during which we will have a Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Dave, as well as a smoking ceremony, before we explore the area of Joe's Garden and other parts of the Merri Creek. We also hope to reveal a permanent sign with a QR code linking to the virtual map for the broader community to enjoy. More detailed information to follow.

Join us for a late afternoon explore of the Merri Creek Women's Walk in March next year! Registrations will open soon... in the meantime, enjoy the trail at your own leisure.

AWA VIC Merri Creek Womens Walk - Trailmap:

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