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As a result of the recent high rainfalls and subsequent flooding Melbourne Water is working with emergency services and other relevant agencies to review the impacts to our waterways and assets. 

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You can access current emergency information by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or sign up to receive regular updates regarding flooding via the emergency.vic.gov.au website and app.

Image shows representatives of Melbourne Water and the community standing at the entrance of Pilot Park, the name of the area that was developed from open culvert to parkland

The Greening the Pipeline initiative aims to transform the heritage-listed Main Outfall Sewer reserve along the Federation Trail bike path, into a parkland to service a growing population in Melbourne's west.

The vision is to create a vibrant space that will connect communities, enhance active transport options for the region, manage water sensitively and provide a unique space to meet, play and relax.

The initiative is a partnership between Melbourne Water, Wyndham City Council, Greater Western Water and Department of Transport, supported by Greening the West.

 

Why is this project important?

The Main Sewer Outfall was built in the 1890s to improve the health of Melbourne. For nearly 100 years it transferred the majority of Melbourne’s sewage for treatment until it was decommissioned in 1993. 

Inspired by the High Line Project in New York that transformed a closed-down rail line into the a green inner-city oasis, the Greening the Pipeline project focuses on transforming the decommissioned pipeline into a green corridor for the benefit of the communities it passes through.

In 2017 the Pilot Park at Williams Landing was created - a proof of concept park designed in collaboration with the local community that delivered a connecting green community space, which incorporated water sensitive design and local stormwater management (see the before and after images below).

Greening the Pipeline aims to transform the heritage listed Main Outfall Sewer pipeline reserve into a linear parkland with the following objectives:

  • Connecting communities
  • Creating vibrant open space
  • Improving health & wellbeing
  • Enhancing active transport and green links
  • Managing water sensitively through Integrated Water Management (IWM)
  • Celebrating heritage

Before - Main Outfall sewer

Picture of Williams Landing decommissioned sewer section showing bare concrete culvert
Before: Section of the Main Outfall Sewer prior to development

After -  Pilot Park at Williams Landing

Image shows the transformation of the pipeline into a community park where the open area is covered in grassland and plantings
After: Williams Landing after development of Pilot Park

What's happening and when

The Main Outfall Sewer reserve, also referred to as the Pipeline Reserve and/or Federation Trail, spans 27kms from Werribee to Spotswood. To effectively manage design, delivery and planning for the transformation of the reserve it has been split into nine zones. Zone 5 is currently under construction and Zones 4 and are in the planning stage.

Zone 5

The construction for Zone 5, led by Wyndham City Council, is well underway. A 22-megalitre stormwater harvesting system (water collected from rain or storms) has been built to provide a sustainable source of water for the new parkland.

Landscaping works are expected to commence soon between Forsyth Road and Skeleton Creek. The landscape design includes community gardens, upgrading the Federation Trail, a stone boulder amphitheatre at Skeleton Creek, an education lookout (node) and extensive tree planting. For more information, visit the Wyndham City Council website.

The project is funded by the Victorian Government through the Suburban Parks Program and More Trees for a Cooler Greener West, Greater Western Water’s Stormwater Harvesting Partnership fund, Melbourne Water’s Living Rivers program and Wyndham City Council.

Installation of the Arndell Park stormwater harvesting system inside the Main Outfall Sewer
Installation of the Arndell Park stormwater harvesting system inside the Main Outfall Sewer

Zone 9 Master Plan

Zone 9 is a 2.7km section of the reserve in Brooklyn, between Millers Rd and Little Boundary Rd. The Master Plan for Zone 9 has now finalised.

The Master Plan has been developed in response to key themes raised during the community and stakeholder engagement process - including safety, accessibility, recreation and landscape.

The vision is to create a vibrant green corridor that reflects the unique character of Brooklyn and celebrates the start and end of the Main Outfall Sewer reserve.

Visit the YourSay Melbourne Water website to view the Zone 9 Master Plan and learn more about the community engagement process.  

 

Zone 4 Master Plan

Wyndham City Council is leading the Master Planning for Zone 4, a 1.7km section between Skeleton Creek and Old Geelong Rd. Community and stakeholder consultation will follow soon. For more information, visit the Wyndham City Council website.

     

    Further information

    To learn more about Greening the Pipeline visit the Greening the Pipeline website

    Watch the Greening the Pipeline video for more information on the project.

     

    Your feedback

    We value your feedback. If you wish to contact us with your comments or for more information relating to the project please contact:

     [email protected]

     

     

    Last updated:
    7 September 2022