The Reimagining Moonee Ponds Creek project aims to create a more appealing creek side environment, restore waterway health and activate open space and recreational opportunities along a section of the creek in Strathmore/Oak Park.

Melbourne Water is leading the project, on behalf of the Chain of Ponds Collaboration Group and in partnership with Moreland City Council, Moonee Valley City Council, City West Water and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

You said, we listened

To inform the design concepts you'll see below, we held our first engagement phase, throughout May and June 2021, to better understand how the community use the space, and what future improvements are important to enhance the creek channel and surrounding area.

Environmental sustainability came through as the top priority for the community, capturing the importance of naturalising the creek and improving biodiversity of the area.

Take a look at the design options

Feedback closed 5 September however you can still review the three design options below.

Your feedback will be used to develop the final design. We will consider a combination of the design concepts if it is feasible.

The overall design concept approach is to undertake measures to naturalise the appearance of the waterway from the constrained concrete channel that currently exists.

The consistent treatment for all three options is to modify the existing base of the concrete channel, removing excess concrete material, whilst maintaining the base concrete for stabilisation of the waterway. New rockwork will form the base of the waterway hiding the remaining concrete. Rock will also be used to create a natural waterway channel and a series of in stream weirs.

Design Concept A includes an upgrade of the creek channel between Ethel Street and Herbert Street Reserve. The design includes 650m removal of the concrete walls and placement of rocks throughout the channel.

Key features include:

  • 650m length of naturalised waterway
  • Installation of six rock weirs
  • Rocks and native revegetation in the channel
  • Bank revegetation and canopy cover
  • Installation of formal seating with bench seats
  • 794 tonnes of concrete removed from side wings.

Design Concept A will involve limited re-engineering of the channel replicating the current creek layout.

View Design Concept A PDF plan

Image of Design Concept A

Design Concept B includes an upgrade of the creek channel between Margaret Street Bridge and Herbert Reserve. The design includes 500m removal of the concrete walls and placement of rocks throughout the channel. Design Concept B includes improvements to Herbert Reserve improving the biodiversity zone of the area and enhancing recreational opportunities through a picnic/viewing node.

Additionally, Design Concept B includes the realignment of the Brosnan Crescent section of shared path providing a separation of cyclists and pedestrians between Pascoe Vale Road and Margaret Street bridge.

Key features include:

  • 500m length of naturalised waterway
  • Installation of six rock weirs
  • Construction of a pond approximately 1m in depth near Lebanon and Herbert Reserves
  • Rocks and native revegetation in the channel
  • Bank revegetation and canopy cover
  • Installation of formal seating with bench seats
  • 763 tonnes of concrete removed from side wings and base of pond
  • Separate the bike path and pedestrian path along Brosnan Crescent
  • Significant re-engineering to naturalise the creek channel.

View Design Concept B PDF plan

Design Concept C includes an upgrade of the creek channel between Ethel Street Reserve and Herbert Street Bridge (excluding Herbert Street Reserve). The design includes 500m removal of the concrete walls and placement of rocks throughout the channel. Design Concept C includes improvements to Ethel Street Reserve to provide a vantage point down to the creek channel.

Additionally, Design Concept C includes the realignment of the Brosnan Crescent section of shared path providing a separation of cyclists and pedestrians between Pascoe Vale Road and Margaret Street bridge.

Key features include:

  • 500m length of naturalised waterway
  • Installation of six rock weirs
  • Construction of a pond approximately 1m in depth near Oak Park Reserve revealing the existing piped drainage line
  • Opening the Oak Park stormwater drain is a more natural way of managing stormwater than providing a piped connection into the creek.
  • Rocks and native revegetation in the channel
  • Bank revegetation and canopy cover
  • Installation of formal seating with bench seats
  • 691 tonnes of concrete removed from side wings and base of pond
  • Separate the bike path and pedestrian path along Brosnan Crescent.

View Design Concept C PDF planImage of Design Concept C

YourSay Consultation for Reimagining Moonee Ponds Creek – Privacy Collection Notice

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The personal information you provide to Melbourne Water may be shared in a de-identified statistical format with Victorian local and state government, water authorities and community organisations that are working on the development of design options for a 700-metre section of the most northerly concrete section of the Moonee Ponds Creek, in Oak Park and Strathmore.

The feedback you have provided is collected for the purpose of informing the development of design options for this section of Moonee Ponds Creek. Melbourne Water may do the following with your feedback, after de-identifying your feedback to the extent that this is practically possible:

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Past online information sessions

Due to the current Victorian Government restrictions, we are unable to hold any face to face engagement sessions at this time. If this changes we will schedule in some additional events. Follow the project to receive updates.

Wednesday 18 August 2021 06:00 pm – 07:30 pm

Information Session 1: Join at the time of event via Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89093521685

Friday 20 August 2021 12:00 pm – 01:30 pm

Information Session 2: Join at the time of event via Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81806332017

Tuesday 24 August 2021 06:00 pm – 07:30 pm

Coffee and chat with Reimagining Your Creek project team: Join at the time of event via Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83243838272

Saturday 28 August 2021 01:00 pm – 02:30 pm

Coffee and chat with Reimagining Your Creek project team: Join at the time of event via Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89482191103

Saturday 4 September 2021 12:00 pm – 01:30 pm

Coffee and chat with Reimagining Your Creek project team: Join at the time of event via Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88342349648