Waterway Blitz community update

Since July, we’ve been working hard to assess the ideas we received on hot spot locations for litter collection, weed removal and other amenity improvements. Here is a summary of the consultation and ideas we received:

  • we collected 800+ ideas
  • nearly 400 people provided contributions
  • ideas across 35 council areas
  • waterways generating the most ideas – Kororoit Creek, Moonee Ponds Creek, Dandenong Creek and the Yarra River.

We assessed all the ideas for their suitability, how safely the work could be undertaken and the location of the ideas. We’re pleased to advise that nearly two thirds of the ideas received are suitable for our work program.

As well as litter collection and weed removal, activities include revegetation, graffiti removal, mulching and watering. These ideas will complement the work program we’ve been developing with our waterway health partner organisations. Whilst we might not be able to action all of these ideas, we will schedule in as many as possible over the next six months, ensuring our crews are able to work safely.

The remaining ideas were out of the scope for this program. These included new facilities or infrastructure such as bridges, shared paths, litter traps, signage or fencing. Although we will not be able to action these through the Waterway Blitz program, they gave us a great insight into how our waterways could be improved for community use. We will pass these on to the relevant Melbourne Water teams or other authorities for consideration.

We’re thrilled with the information we received through this consultation and want to thank everyone who provided us with ideas on how to keep our waterways healthy and clean.

We look forward to ramping up the program as coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are eased, so keep an eye out for our crews in the coming months.

Make sure you check out our Waterway Blitz YourSay for all the latest information on the program, including our video introducing some of our work crew members.

The Waterway Blitz Team

Snapshot of what we heard

Working for Victoria project ideas contributed by community

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