“It is very satisfying to visit places that were bare ground 20 years ago and walk in the shade of trees that I remember as seedlings. Now 15-20 metres tall, they bear fruit and seeds for birds to carry off and drop elsewhere.”
These simple words from the MCCG’s first Chairman, Gordon Grigg, do not seek any reward for the many hours of care that our volunteer members have bestowed upon the Catchment during the past 20 years.
But they do provide the perfect illustration of a shared passion. Our members are driven by a yearning to protect and retain the simple and valuable landscape that welcomes us home each evening and allows us to shed the pressures of our busy daily lives, even if it’s just for a few hours by the creek each weekend.
The MCCG turns 20 in December 2017.
It has been a remarkable journey. In Gordon’s words:
“Every year the nursery gives out thousands of plants to members, the Photography Competition runs, Section Leaders still hold regular working bees (although not all are active to the same extent), and we still aspire to ‘restore the catchment to a state as practicable as possible to the fauna and flora existing in 1788. We still have a very active association with BCC. Our membership has grown considerably, about 500 now, and additional activities such as the Creek Health Management Program and Kids Day have since been added to our annual calendar.”
Keep an eye out for how we will pay tribute to the passion of our members and a celebration of our achievements over the group’s first 20 years.