What we heard from the visitor surveys

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on how we can make Cherry Lake and Liverpool Road Retarding Basin great places to visit.

These are the first of many conversations we will be having with the community in the coming years about making our rivers, creeks and wetlands great places to visit.

Cherry Lake and Liverpool Road Retarding Basin were our two pilot sites. Your participation has helped us understand more about why people visit our waterways and the features and facilities that support people with their visits. The data we have collected will help us refine our approach to ensure we are using the right tools for the right information.

What we heard from the community

The following is a summary of what we heard from the community about Cherry Lake and Liverpool Road Retarding Basin.
  • Cherry Lake

    • The majority of respondents to the survey live locally and visit Cherry Creek weekly.
    • The most popular activities were walking and jogging (65% of respondents) followed by appreciating nature (33%).
    • The most important value associated with the waterway and lake was keeping it free of litter. We also heard that there’s significant room to improve managing litter around Cherry Creek catchment.
  • Liverpool Road Retarding Basin

    • The majority of respondents live locally and visit Liverpool Road Retarding Basin weekly.
    • The most popular activities were dog walking (85% of respondents) followed by walking and jogging (53% of respondents).
    • The most important value associated with the waterway was keeping it free of litter, followed by natural pathways. Whilst we heard that respondents were satisfied with natural pathways and views of nature, there is significant room to improve managing litter around the Retarding Basin.

Next steps

Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback, this is important information that will help Melbourne Water and our partners measure and improve the amenity and other community values of waterways that we manage.

We will be closing this YourSay page in the coming month.

For more information on how we are managing our waterways across the Port Phillip and Westernport Region through our Healthy Waterways Strategy please visit the Melbourne Water website.