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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. 

For flood or storm emergency assistance, contact the VIC SES on 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies call 000. 

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.

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Melbourne Water highlights its green thumb this National Tree Day

Melbourne Water is proud to celebrate National Tree Day (Sunday July 31), noting the important role trees play in keeping our waterways healthy. But that is just the start. As the manager of more than 33,000 hectares of land in Greater Melbourne, Melbourne Water is committed to doing all it can to help make Melbourne cooler and greener as temperatures rise and our population grows.

Through its Urban Cooling Program, Melbourne Water works with councils and community groups to transform public land, paths and trails into cooler and more enjoyable community spaces.

The Galada Tamboore project in Campbellfield is the latest addition to the Urban Cooling Program, with 120 red gum and sheoak trees and 1700 native shrubs and grasses recently planted along a 1.2 km stretch of the Merri Creek Trail.

Melbourne Water General Manager Waterways and Catchment Operations Emily Phillips said this project will provide long term benefits for the community and the environment.  

Planting trees not only helps cool our city, but can also improve amenity, create habitat and lessen the impact of stormwater pollution on our rivers and creeks,” Ms Phillips said.

“As the trees grow, they will shade the Merri Creek Trail at Galada Tamboore and transform the area into a more inviting place where cyclists and pedestrians are protected from the summer sun

“The planting has been designed to protect remnant grassland vegetation and biodiversity values within the broader reserve.”

Galada Tamboore means ‘Creek Waterhole’ in Woi-wurrung language. Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung’s Narrap team is frequently used as a land management contractor on Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country.

This project achieves 15 hectares of shade and cooling. Melbourne Water will deliver a further 15 hectares in the coming years.

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