Revitalising the creek

Article image - Revitalising the creek Residents making use of bikeways around Moonee Ponds Creek

Moonee Valley City Council is taking steps to reverse the neglect of a local creek.

Over the past 150 years, Moonee Ponds Creek has been heavily modified in order to move stormwater from the city into Port Phillip Bay.

In recent decades, however, there has been a significant change in attitude towards the creek due to growing awareness about the importance of a healthy creek environment and connected parklands.

Moonee Valley City Council is now developing a master plan along with residents, interest groups, Melbourne Water and other stakeholders to help unlock the potential for Moonee Ponds Creek and its connected bike trails, pathways and parklands.

Moonee Valley Mayor, Councillor Andrea Surace said Council is working closely with the local community and stakeholders to encourage input into the master plan.

“We want people thinking about the potential of the Moonee Ponds Creek for the future and how we can create a positive change in the creek valley,” Cr Surace said.

“Certain parts of Moonee Ponds Creek have been neglected in the past and I am committed to seeing the creek gain a new lease of life.

“Renewed vegetation, increased seating and better pedestrian and bicycle pathways are just some of the ideas for improving the creek and surrounds.
“It is also important that we look after the biodiversity and habitat of the creek so that birdlife and vegetation can thrive, becoming a legacy for future generations to enjoy.”
While the creek and surrounds can’t be returned to their former natural state, Council recognises that a new identity must be created for the creek based on enhanced liveability, biodiversity and function.