About the collaboration
The Moonee Ponds Creek catchment is one of Melbourne’s most urbanised and modified creek systems.Significant issues persist across the catchment, including poor water quality, introduced species, habitat fragmentation, minimal expansion of the creek corridor through land acquisition, limited linkages to other open spaces, poor storm water management, litter, restricted public access and movement, poor urban design outcomes, and fragmented management and decision making.
A shared vision and clear roles and responsibilities are key steps forward in the revitalisation of the creek and its environs. Previous revegetation, weed removal and naturalisation projects over the years and past strategic plans have made some improvements, though more significant progress is needed.
The Chain of Ponds (CoP) Collaboration group intends that stakeholders and community come together to plan and work together to facilitate positive change in the catchment, particularly to enhance social and environmental values.
In October 2018, the Collaboration group took a formal step through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding and the development of a prospectus.This marked an important shift from the establishment phase of the collaboration into implementation. Fifteen partner organisations committed to the collaboration which also has an additional 17 supporting partners.
The Collaboration is guided by a Governance Group which includes representation from each of the signed members and provides the backbone to the Collaboration.A Collaboration Lead position has been funded by a number of the key organisations to provide facilitation support and leadership and is guided by the Governance Group.
The Chain of Ponds is an ambitious collaboration to “transform the Moonee Ponds Creek into an iconic Melbourne waterway that provides high social and environmental benefits”
- Take a whole-of-catchment approach to governance and management to overcome the limitations that stakeholder and land ownership boundaries impose;
- Identify collaborative opportunities for the catchment that cannot be realised in isolation;
- Develop and implement ideas and strategies for catchment protection and enhancement;
- Ensure the views and interests of all stakeholders are considered when implementing catchment improvements;
- Work collaboratively to influence major urban renewal and infrastructure projects that impact on the Creek corridor;
- Better capitalise on opportunities for stormwater management including ‘naturalisation’ measures and open space enhancement along the length of the creek;
- Protect and enhance biodiversity, habitat and biolinks along the Creek corridor;
- Ensure approaches to development and waterway improvement are consistent with established strategic directions across the catchment and based on best practice;
- Learn from waterway restoration success stories that involve significant collaboration and a catchment approach;
- Facilitate data and expertise exchange so that individual stakeholders are more informed when implementing local-scale projects;
- Develop a framework for shared measurement of progress across the catchment;
- Enable a mechanism to consider options for co-investment in meaningful projects; and
- Enable stronger advocacy for waterway management issues, e.g. through strategic and statutory planning mechanisms.