OUR MOONEE PONDS CREEK

For over a 150 years, Moonee Ponds Creek has been heavily modified mainly to convey stormwater out of the city and into Port Phillip Bay.

In recent decades, however, a significant change in attitude towards the creek has taken place. Driven largely by the community, there has been a growing awareness of the importance of a healthy creek environment and parklands. While the creek and surrounds cannot be returned to its former natural state, there is recognition that a new identity for the creek based upon enhanced liveability, biodiversity and function must be created.

Council is developing a master plan with the local community, interest groups, Melbourne Water and other stakeholders to develop a vision for this important space.

The projects invites the residents, community members and stakeholders to come together to re-imagine what Moonee Ponds Creek can be now and into the future. It is a call for fresh ideas that will advocate positive change and begin an exciting new chapter in the life of the creek.


PROJECT AIMS

The aim of the master plan is to generate exciting ideas and visions that will guide the future planning of the Moonee Ponds Creek to create a positive change in the creek valley. It is designed to bring together the community, stakeholders, land managers and government agencies to develop new strategies for improving life along the creek. Particular aims and objectives for the project include:

  • improving public space along the creek;
  • promoting pedestrian and bicycle connectivity along the creek and adjacent suburbs;
  • improving biodiversity and habitat within the city;
  • reducing stormwater loads into the creek;
  • improving the water quality and ecological health of the creek;
  • improving how the creek looks.

The master plan will be informed by previous studies including; Moonee Ponds Creek Strategic Plan, Walking & Cycling Strategy, Moonee Ponds Creek shared pathway audits, Water Sustainable Urban Design (WSUD) feasibility studies and various background documents.


THE SITE

The Moonee Ponds Creek Linear Park forms the eastern edge of the City of Moonee Valley. The trail which runs along the creek is approximately 13.5km long and extends between Racecourse Road in Flemington and the rail bridge at Kingsford Smith Ulm Reserve in Strathmore Heights.

Along the Moonee Ponds Creek, shared path users can access various paths and facilities including Debneys Park, Travancore Park, Ormond Park, Fanny Street Reserve, Cross Keys Reserve, Lebanon Reserve, Strathmore Reserve and Boeing Reserve all within Moonee Valley.

Both Strathmore Secondary College and Strathmore North Primary School students have direct access to the shared trail.

The Moonee Ponds Creek Trail has several connections to the adjacent Councils of Melbourne, Hume and Moreland including access to Oak Park Sports Centre, John Pascoe Fawkner Reserve and Kingsford Smith Ulm Reserve.

This is an image of the study area - a long, linear corridor running along the Moonee Valley Creek

Study area for the masterplan project.


PROJECT TIMELINE

The following are indicative timeframes for the project. Please register above to receive project updates, or check back regularly for confirmation of the upcoming events and dates.

1

PROJECT LAUNCH

December 2015

Project commences with the launch of the website and an invitation to share your creativity.

2

SITE ANALYSIS AND WATER INVESTIGATIONS

December 2015 - March 2016

Project team undertaking investigations into the evolution and current condition of the creek.

3

INTERACTIVE MAP

Sunday February 28th 2016

Please join Council, the project team and community members to discuss ideas for the creek.

4

INSTALLATION EVENT MOONEE VALLEY FESTIVAL

Sunday February 28th 2016

Please join Council, the project team and community members to discuss ideas for the creek.

5

DEVELOPMENT OF DRAFT MASTER PLAN

October 2015 - December 2016


Project team collates community feedback and develops the draft master plan ideas.

6

DRAFT MASTER PLAN TO REVIEW

February 2017

7

MOONEE VALLEY FESTIVAL

Sunday February 26th 2017

View an exciting exhibition of ideas for the creek

8

CONSULTATION ON DRAFT MASTER PLAN

To be announced



Moonee Valley City Council, the Project Team and Sponsors respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land - the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, their spirits, ancestors, elders and community members past and present.

PROJECT SPONSOR


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PROJECT TEAM


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Landscape Architecture & Urban Design

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WSUD, Environmental & Hydraulic Engineering

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Ecology and Biodiversity


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Online Engagement