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Water is essential to our way of life. That’s why we’re transforming part of the D1 Drain in Werribee to create a beautiful open space where you can interact with nature and each other in a cooler, healthier environment. Reimagining Your D1 Drain, Werribee aims to create an open space where people can interact with nature and connect in your local area.

What is the aim of the project?

Reimagining Your D1 Drain, Werribee will transform a section of D1 Drain into a natural waterway. The project aims to improve habitat, ecology and create a place where the community can connect and interact with nature, in a cooler green space.

The location near the Werribee Business District means improvements will benefit lots of people. The area connects residents, schools, community and youth centres, sports grounds, and health care.

The D1 Drain site forms part an existing green corridor with links to the Glen Orden Wetlands. This means that the work we do can improve biodiversity and habitat for plants, birds, and animals. The area’s size and layout allows for many opportunities to create meaningful, innovative, and sustainable changes for the community.

Where will the works take place?

The section of D1 Drain to be naturalised sits within the Heathdale Glen Orden Basin, between Derrimut Road and Heaths Road in Werribee.

What will the project include?

With your help, we’re looking to design a space that best meets the needs and wants of your community.

The project works will:

  • transform a 980 metre section of D1 Drain into a natural waterway.
  • revitalise 4.2Ha of open space 
  • include flood modelling to help reduce flood risk in the area
  • provide new community facilities such as benches and tables.

D1 Drain, Werribee

vegetation growing in the D1 Drain project area Werribee

Ibis and ducks call the D1 Drain Werribee home



    Have your say

    For the latest information or opportunities to get involved, follow Reimagining Your D1 Drain, Werribee on YourSay.

    Have Your Say by Friday 28 October 2022.

    By transforming part of D1 Drain into a natural waterway, we aim to create a beautiful new space where you can interact with nature and each other in a cooler, healthier environment. But we can’t do it alone – we need those who are most likely to use the space (that’s you) to help us ‘imagine’ what’s possible.

    Have Your Say by letting us know what you’d like to see included in the new space, such as shared paths, boardwalks, benches, picnic tables, and more! Follow the link to reimagine your D1 Drain with us Reimagining Your D1 Drain, Werribee - Your Say.


    July 2022

    Project announcement


    August 2022

    Design contract awarded


    October 2022

    Phase 1 community feedback

    Not Started

    Late 2022

    Concept design development

    Not Started

    February 2023

    Phase 2 community feedback

    Not Started

    May 2023

    Detailed design and construction plan completed

    Not Started

    Late 2023

    Works commence

    Not Started

    Late 2024

    Main works completed

    Not Started


    Minor works completed and ongoing maintenance

    Map showing project area for Reimagining D1 Drain
    Reimagining D1 Drain - project area


    Managing impacts

    We’re committed to minimising our impact on the community, businesses and the environment as we deliver world-class solutions. 

    We have undertaken a cultural heritage, flora and fauna assessment of the area and have factored all recommendations into our final delivery plan for the works.

    We will undertake practical measures to reduce disruption to the surrounding community, such as noise and dust monitoring, and communicate key work dates and times well ahead of works commencing.

    There will be no impacts or interruptions to local water services while we undertake the works. 

    How was the project funded?

    Melbourne Water will contribute $4.2 million from a number of program allocations and will seek support from Wyndham City Council to fund certain liveability aspects.

    About the Reimagining Your Creek Program

    Over the last few years we’ve been working with our project partners, community representatives and residents to reimagine a number of creeks across Melbourne.

    By working together, we’re transforming stormwater drains and creeks into natural waterways and desirable open spaces, where people can interact with nature in cooler, healthier environments community values and priorities.

    The program has seen the transformation of sections of Tarralla Creek in Croydon, Arnolds Creek in Melton West, an upstream section of Blind Creek in Boronia, and more programs underway along Moonee Ponds Creek in Strathmore and Oak Park - with Blind Creek (Lewis Park) and D1 Drain to soon follow.

    For further information or to have your say on a creek near you, visit the Reimagining Your Creek program page on YourSay, or our engagement hub: Reimagining Your Creek program | Melbourne Water

    Keeping you informed

    We will provide more information, including the timing of activities, as the project progresses and more information becomes available.

    Contact us

    If you have questions or feedback on the project, get in touch with the project team:

     1800 754 077

     [email protected]

    Last updated:
    19 October 2022