Improving recreational access to the Creek engagement

The Collaboration received funding through the State Government Boosting Recreational Water Use Initiative to deliver a project to improve access and amenity along a section of the Moonee Ponds Creek in Essendon/Brunswick West.

Through a process of co-design and the support of landscape architects, Thompson Berrill Landscape Design, a DRAFT landscape plan was developed (see below).Works proposed include:

  • Removal of redundant cyclone fencing and improved access and path networks along the eastern side of the creek
  • A shared path connection between Vanberg and Hopetoun Avenue (extending to Moreland Road)
  • Installation of amenity infrastructure such as seats and signage
  • Revegetation and soft landscaping
  • Incorporation of Water Sensitive Urban Design/wetland opportunity to revitalise the old Melville Creek corridor

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 August.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 that are hoped to be incorporated through further design and targeted consultation.

See the Consultation report for more information on the consultation process.