Melbourne Water is leading the Reimaging Your Moonee Ponds Creek Program on behalf of the Chain of Ponds Collaboration Group and in partnership with Moreland City Council, Moonee Valley City Council, City West Water and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
The aim is to create a more appealing creek side environment, restore waterway health and activate open space and recreational opportunities along the creek.
The project will examine a length of the most northerly concrete section of the Moonee Ponds Creek, in Oak Park and Strathmore.
Reimagining this section of the Moonee Ponds Creek will result in:
- a more appealing creek side environment where people can interact with nature in a cooler, healthier environment
- improved waterway health by slowing water flows and establishing aquatic and riparian vegetation
- activating open space for the community to use and have access to
- improved biodiversity and habitat for native species.
After working with you to plan and design the Reimagining Your Moonee Ponds Creek project, we are excited to announce that Stage 1 works will begin the week commencing Monday 22 August and are expected to finish in November 2022.
What we are doing in Stage One
We are upgrading a section of the existing footpath along Brosnan Crescent side of the Moonee Ponds Creek to build dedicated lanes for pedestrians and cyclists.
This will create two separated paths and will significantly enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety by minimising collision risks.
To facilitate the installation of additional concrete paths, there will some impacts to native and non-native vegetation, but the project team have worked diligently to minimise the impact on existing vegetation wherever possible.
Arborists have reviewed the health and significance of all the trees along the proposed paths, and changes have been made to preserve high-quality vegetation via amended routes and other treatments, including the elevation of a section of path to protect surface roots.
The project will remove 39 trees, of which 12 are non-indigenous. Of the 39 trees, 14 of them will be removed from along Brosnan Crescent to allow the construction of a shared path and 20 will be removed at the location of the new pond. Between Brosnan Crescent and the waterway 114 trees will be kept.
The project will plant a total of 43,000 native plants within the project area and at another suitable location to offset the vegetation removals of the project.
When are the works happening?
Works will be undertaken between:
- 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday
- 7am to 1pm Saturdays
On occasions we may need to undertake works out of hours. We will notify you in advance if these works are required. The timings of these works are weather dependant.
What to expect
- For the safety of everyone, the pathway will be closed during the works.
- Pedestrians and cyclists will be temporarily detoured along Mascoma and Odin Streets.
- A small site compound will be established at the corner of Brosnan Crescent and Odin Street inside the Moonee Ponds Creek boundaries and at Main Street, next to the Oak Park Reserve.
- To enable heavy vehicles to access the works area, there will be temporary parking changes including the removal of parking along the north side of Brosnan Crescent and Main Street at times. Parking will remain available on the south side of the road.
- Access to all local streets and their properties will be maintained and managed via traffic management as required.
- There will be an increase in large vehicle traffic in the surrounding areas as vehicles deliver plant and equipment and assist with the works.
- There will be short-term increase in noise and dust. We will use a range of measures to reduce these impacts including sound mats, gawk screens and dust compression mats. We will monitor noise and dust levels throughout works to ensure they don’t exceed Environmental Performance Agency thresholds
Future stages of on-ground works will include the naturalisation of the concrete channel, as well construction of a new bridge and connections.
Full summary of the phase one and two results:
If you have questions or feedback on the project, get in touch with the project team:
June 2020 - April 2021
May - June 2021
Phase one community engagement
June -August 2021
August - September 2021
Phase 2 community engagement
April 2022 - June 2022
Stage one construction
November 2022 - June 2023
Construction stage two
June 2023 - June 2024