We will soon be undertaking works to naturalise a section of Wallan Creek in Hadfield Park Wallan to improve the natural amenity and liveability of the area.

Hadfield Park is an important community green space with facilities including the Mechanics Institute and Free Library, R. B Robson Stadium and public toilets. The creek was previously shaped to include a small concrete pipe to carry the low flows and a wide grassed channel to carry flood flows.

As part of the redesign, the pipeline will be relocated to undertake erosion control works, which provides an exciting opportunity to naturalise this section of pipe. Your feedback will be used to inform improvement opportunities in the detailed design.

We asked the local community for their ideas on ways to improve the space and held a number of virtual drop-in sessions via Zoom to discuss the plans directly with them.

What we heard

We heard from a number of local community members about their ideas and suggestions for the naturalised creek, including the need for additional crossing points, native vegetation, ongoing maintenance, seating, art installations and pathways along the new creek.

See some of the suggestions gathered from the community below.

23 July, 2020

downeyg says:

“Bride or crossings to link up with major pedestrian traffic routes through park.”

21 July, 2020

Cheryl Joy says:

“Looks good to me. Thanks for the upgrade and planting of this area. Well overdue. ”

21 July, 2020

Edward says:

“Where the creek ends behind the police station on Watson Street what is going to happen to stop the water backing up and crossing the road?”

16 July, 2020

Kevin Mulroney says:

“Do you have any intention to clean the creek to stop contamination ? Which is happening with North of the town at the Springridge estate.”

16 July, 2020

Georgina (Bush Bus) says:

“A nature play area for families to paddle, climb on rocks, balance on logs / stepping stones and relax in area between library and stadium.”

15 July, 2020

Paul R says:

“Sorry to have missed the Zoom meeting Tuesday. No excuse. I think the concept is a great idea. Maybe some public art too?”

14 July, 2020

Trevor smith says:

“Why not excavate hole area, place in pre fab culverts, back fill area, better than open drain, increase size of park ”

10 July, 2020

SimRec says:

“Would love a beautiful walking track amongst the beautiful trees and wildlife ”

9 July, 2020

Celina says:

“Hi, you need creek crossings near the bendigo bank community park and the skate park. Move seats from Police station end to near Hall”

8 July, 2020

Paul R says:

“Looks like a very good plan. Maybe some more public art projects would add to the the project. See "Wallan Eye" sculpture, made locally.”

30 June, 2020

Jenny says:

“I lpvdd Ed the idea of the creek stepping stones and it will be great to see the creek flowing maturely instead of through pipes underground”

22 June, 2020

jc.100 says:

“use composting toilets eg Ecoflow Kabuza, rain water for handwashing”

22 June, 2020

jc.100 says:

“Comfortable upright seating creative designs 'wilderness' area for children's exploration recycled materials ”

Click on the icons below to see some of the key features that are planned for the creek. Find more detailed cross sections and diagrams in the document library. We will now add your ideas and suggestions for improving this space to the Detailed Design .

Concept design map of Hadfield Park