21 September 2021

Community Feedback

Thank you for your contribution and interest in transforming the 2.7km section of the heritage listed Main Outfall Sewer pipeline reserve and Federation Trail, between Millers Rd and Little Boundary Rd in Brooklyn.

To help shape the masterplan for Greening the Pipeline Brooklyn, we engaged with the local community from late June to early August 2021, to better understand how you currently use the space, and what future improvements are important to meet your needs and aspirations for the reserve.

We heard from a number of local residents, local business and people who use the reserve for sport or commuting. Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas, suggestions and priorities at our online community drop-in session or through the online survey and map. We received over 130 comments from more than 75 people and captured a wide range of views and opinions.

What we heard

Through the online survey and map and via the online community sessions, a range of themes emerged with safety and accessibility being key. Read through the summary of the suggestions gathered from the community below. You can also read the full engagement report, found at the bottom of the page.

Safety and access

    • Safely negotiating larger roadways like Millers Road and Geelong Road
    • The surface of the Federation Trail
    • Lighting
    • Separation of cyclists and other users (e.g. directional markings)
    • Signage


    • Pump / bike track
    • Public seating and benches
    • Exercise facilities (logically placed near DN Duane Reserve)

Planting and environment

    • The issue of odour from nearby land uses
    • The potential to use the Main Outfall Sewer as stormwater storage
    • The need to retain and add vegetation that provides shade, greening and attracts birdlife
    • Planting that buffers noise and litter from adjacent land uses

Who are we working with

This exciting project is part of the broader Greening the Pipeline initiative which has been broken up into 9 zones for design, planning and delivery. It is a multi-agency partnership between Melbourne Water, Wyndham City Council, Greater Western Water, Department of Transport and supported by Greening the West. We are also working with Brimbank City Council and Hobsons Bay City Council for this zone. To find out more visit the Greening the Pipeline website.

Next steps

Now that we have captured the community’s priorities and preferences for Greening the Pipeline Brooklyn, your feedback and the range of themes that emerged will support and be fed into the masterplan for Zone 9 of the Greening the Pipeline initiative.

Once the masterplan has been finalised and endorsed by the project partners, we will share this with the community.

There is no capital funding committed at this stage to deliver the masterplan. We will be using the masterplan to advocate for a range of funding sources. This model has been successful in other zones such as Zone 5 where the development of the plan resulted in commitments of capital funding.

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