FT. JEN CLOHER, COURTNEY BARNETT, THE ORBWEAVERS + STEPH HUGHES (DICK DIVER)
Courtney Barnett 3.50pm til 4.20pm
The Orbweavers 3.10pm
Jen Cloher 2.35pm
Steph Hughes (Dick Diver) 2pm
There’s a living natural history museum just north of Melbourne’s coolest music venues. Merri Creek’s grasslands are rare and wonderful places connecting to the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne. These grasslands host an impressive 121 species of native plants. They are both environmentally significant and a testament to intensive land management by Wurundjeri people over tens of thousands of years. Our community’s efforts continue to protect them from development. Only one percent of Victoria’s natural grasslands remain - so this place is truly special. The Blue Banded Bee plays an important role in the long-term survival of many wildflowers in these grasslands. However this magnificent little creature can only travel short distances. Maybe it’s exhausted from buzz pollinating: by banging its head in the flower a staggering 350 times per second! That’s easily faster than any punter at an Iron Maiden gig. Humans have destroyed so much grassland habitat that the Blue Banded Bee is struggling to take pollen between surviving patches of endangered wildflowers. Lonely lilies can’t produce healthy seeds without the pollen the bees carry. To save the grasslands – the Blue Banded Bee needs you! Friends of Merri Creek need to connect the wildflower patches by planting more. Doing this means the head banging Bee can continue to rock out, and easily get from plant to plant – so we don’t lose the diversity of the culturally significant grasslands. The Friends of Merri Creek need ace heroes just like you to help the Blue Banded Bee save the day and ensure the vitality of the Merri Creek.