Dear Friends and other residents interested in Back Creek,


This is the 1st edition of eBACKCREEK BRIEFINGSf.  The purpose is to inform Friends and others about what activity the Friends group is involved in. We intend to produce a newsletter 4 times a year and more frequently if required.


Walk by members – a group of about 20 people met at the Cornell St end of Back Creek before Christmas to walk along the creek and make a list of what people thought needed to change in the area. Additionally Barrie Gallacher formed a list of the plants currently growing in the area.


Walk with Boroondara Council and Melbourne Water – on Friday the 19th of January at 8.30am the committee met with Councillor Ian Wallace and Janyce McMurtry from Boroondara Council and Damien Magner from Melbourne Water to discuss possibilities for the management and care of the area. The discussions were a great success and laid foundations for our future work together.


Rules of the Friends of Back Creek – in order to become Incorporated the group needs a set of rules and a statement of purpose. We have used the Rules of the Friends of South Surrey Park as a template to develop a set of Rules for the Friends of Back Creek. Copies are available from Robert Brierley or Chris Walta.


Statement of Purpose – a statement of purpose for the FOBC is incorporated in this newsletter.


Application to establish account – we have applied to establish an account for the FOBC with Ed Credit – Toorak Rd branch.


Australian Business Number – on the front of this newsletter is the ABN that has been organised for the group.


Application to Parks Victoria – an application has gone into Parks Victoria for a Start-Up Grant. The application allows us to cover the initial costs associated with having the FOBC incorporated.


General meeting – a General Meeting is called for Wednesday 28 of February, 2001 at 7.30pm at Chris Waltafs house at 29A Cornell St. The purpose is to ensure all interested people have the opportunity to be there or provide input for the Incorporation of the FOBC. Everyone is invited, if you wish to have a vote you need to be a financial member before February 7. Please contact Chris Walta on 9888 4461


Committee members – below are the names of the people on the committee with contact details for president, secretary and treasurer. These positions will be ratified at the general meeting on the 28/2/2001

President - Robert Brierley – 9836 3779

Secretary – Chris Walta – 9888 4461

Treasurer – Bob Strickland – 9830 0749

Committee members – Peg Dooley, Barrie Gallacher, Simon Gardiner, Dot Neal, June Strickland, John Tetley


Clean Up Australia day – the Back Creek site has been nominated as an official Clean Up Australia day site. Clean Up Australia is on Sunday the 4th of March 2001 form 10.00am – 2.00pm. We will meet at the Cornell St end and would love to see you there also. Our local primary school, Wattle Park Primary School, has agreed to participate in the effort on the 2nd of March and they will focus on the Quinton Rd end. On each occasion there will be a site supervisor and clean up materials supplied. Boroondara will supply a skip to handle rubbish collected.


Website – have you checked out the Friends of Back Creek website?  We want to thank Jim Breen for the work he has done to establish and maintain the site.











Statement of Purpose



1.        To preserve and enhance the attractiveness of Back Creek and surrounding parkland in the area south of Riversdale Road and north of Cornell Street

2.       To improve the ecological condition of the creek.

3.       To develop a flora and fauna inventory for the area

4.       To establish a short and long-term management plan for the area

5.       Work in partnership with the local council, Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria and other organisations that provide support and advice for community initiatives and friends groups

6.       To use indigenous and other suitable plants to provide a habitat for native birdlife and fauna.

7.       To develop community awareness and participation in care and management of the Back Creek.

8.       Understand and promote the historical development and significance of the area





Thankyou – we want to acknowledge the interest, enthusiasm efforts of the 30 members of the Friends of Back Creek.

And a special thankyou is extended to Robert Brierley, Bob Strickland, and Chris Walta for the work done in developing all the aspects associated with Incorporation of the group.













President -  Robert Brierley – 9836.3779

Secretary – Chris Walta –       9888.4461

Treasurer – Bob Strickland -  9830.0749






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January 2001