Improving recreational access to the Creek engagement

The draft landscape plan for the Moonee Ponds Corridor between Albion Street and Moreland Road was made available for public consultation from Friday 12 July to Tuesday 13 July. The website included an online submission form for feedback on the plan and 28 submissions were received.

900 postcards directing people to the website were distributed to local residents directing people to the website to review the plan and inviting them to pop-up information sessions. Plans were also placed at strategic locations along the creek for a 3 week period.

2 pop-up information sessions were held on site on Thursday 25 July 4-6pm (Moonee Valley side) and Saturday 25 July (Moreland side) where officers from Council and Melbourne Water were available to discuss the plan. Approximately 20 people attended each session.

There was general support for the improvements in the area, particularly for more enhanced revegetation and safer, improved access.

Eighty percent of respondents noted they would either use the reserve more or stay longer as a result of the proposed changes.

There was also a number of concerns and suggestions raised about the works proposed.

What we heard

Submissions received from local residents will help us to implement aspects of the Draft Landscape Plan to improve recreational access to the creek between Albion Street and Moreland Road.


Key theme

What you told us

Discussion

How will this been considered in the final plan

Access and pathways

The current access to and along the creek, particularly on the eastern bank, is restricted and unwelcoming. The cyclone fencing along Hopetoun is unsightly and the paths are poorly maintained. It does not feel safe with the steep banks on the creek side, particularly when walking with small children. The plan includes recommendations for improved access such as removing tired fencing, creating access points and improving pathways.
Much of the wider Moonee Ponds Creek is unfenced and there are risks associated with this, particularly when the creek is in high flood. Fencing the entire edge of the creek would be difficult due to maintenance access requirements and would be visually intrusive. However, there are some particularly steep and narrow sections of path which would be of higher risk and should be fenced. Revegetation barriers could also be used where possible to relocate people away from the creek edge.
Land managers are responsible for ensuring people are made aware of the potential risks of accessing urban waterways. The plan currently recommends the installation of wayfinding signage at strategic locations and this should include warnings for steep banks and flooding risk.



Detailed design of pathways to consider fencing and revegetation along steep banks.
Incorporate warning signage on potential risks of accessing urban waterways into wayfinding signage .



Safety and security

Removing fencing and opening up the parkland will increase criminal activity, such as rubbish dumping, and affect privacy for some residents along Donald Avenue and Moreland Road who back onto the creek. There is no lighting along the creek making it feel unsafe.A key principle of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), is that the activation and enhancement of parkland results in a reduction in crime. Through increasing passive surveillance through currently unused parkland, crime should reduce. However, there may be a transition time whereby people feel unsafe and the installation of security cameras (at least temporarily) could be of value.
Removing fencing and vegetation along the northern section of Hopetoun Ave will open view lines into and across the creek and into the rear of some properties along Donald Ave. Buffer planting along the rear of properties and on the northern bank (where safe to do so and wanted by residents) would help to screen views and provide an improved outlook for these properties.
Lighting throughout the creek corridor is not supported due to the impacts this can have on fauna. However, lighting along key commuter areas should be supported such as along the shared trail and on the bridge crossing. This can be subtle to reduce impact on wildlife whilst improving safety and path delineation at night.



Draft Landscape Plan

Draft Landscape Plan