Merri Merri Wayi

Merri Merri Wayi, meaning Merri Merri Us.

This is the Woi-wurrung language name granted to the collaboration by Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung elder Aunty Gail Smith, who we’ve had the deep privilege of working with. We thank her for naming this collaboration.

Merri Merri Wayi is a collaboration for the future of Merri Creek, as a healthy and safe living place for all.

The collaboration reflects:

● The unique values of the Merri Creek

● The strong community interest and involvement that has developed around it

● The great things that Council, community organisations and individuals are already doing

● The opportunities to create a thriving and safe waterway

Below, you will find a recording of Aunty Gail introducing the name alongside the traditional name for the creek, Merri Merri, which means rocky rocky. Aunty Gail goes on to speak of the importance of bringing language, knowledge and culture back and how all of us are needed to look after waterways for future generations.

Merri Merri Wayi Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung naming

Get involved

We invite you to put this to work. Join us at our in-person workshop, so that the future of Merri Creek as a healthy and safe waterway, with community collaborations flourishing up, down and around the creek, will be our future.

  • Register for the Merri Merri Wayi - in person workshop being held on Tuesday 24 May 2022 from 4:30PM-8:30PM at CERES Community Environment Park. Register By Tuesday 17 May

  • If you can't attend this session, you can share your vision for the Merri Creek and surrounds, in the feedback tool further down this page.

Background

The call for a Merri Creek & Surrounds Visioning exercise arose amongst a range of community organisations and community members, who came together following the attack on a woman along the creek in East Coburg in late 2019.

While the Merri Creek Safety Report was an important response to this terrible incident, community organisations and community members also recognised the opportunity to build on existing work and action, as well as coming together to find new ones. These should comprehensively address issues such as:

  • Safe spaces for women
  • Indigenous connection
  • Celebrating the creek through art and sculpture
  • Rewilding
  • Embracing the urban food cultivation of the region as a leading example for other Australian and global communities

Thus a community visioning exercise was proposed and endorsed by Moreland City Council in 2021.

Acknowledgement

The Merri Creek is an iconic and important ecosystem with more than 40,000 years of human interaction and Traditional Ecological Knowledge from the Wurundjeri peoples. This project acknowledges the past, present and future role Traditional Owners have on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung peoples. This project also acknowledges the thousands of people who have volunteered and worked to protect Merri Creek, notably the Friends of Merri Creek and the Merri Creek Management Committee.