Many of us have dreamed of cracking the concrete that encases the Moonee Ponds Creek for much of its flow through the southern part of Moonee Valley.
There is now a fifty year plan to remove the concrete and restore the creek to a healthy and beautiful waterway.
At the moment, the creek is, in parts, little more than a concrete drain funnelling precious stormwater to the sea.
Occasionally, as on 30 January 2018, it is more river than creek.
Moonee Valley and Moreland councils have been working with the Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek to develop a comprehensive plan to create a ‘chain of ponds’ along the stretch of the creek to make better use of the water to irrigate parkland, and to restore the ecological health and natural beauty of the creek.
Here are the maps from the Flemington and Travancore end:
I attended a consultation session in Flemington last week and the following topics were discussed:
- the need for immediate planning controls to protect land adjacent to the creek from further development (Moonee Valley Councillors approved a development adjacent to the creek in Strathmore the previous week without any recognition of the impact this would have on the plan being developed for the creek…)
- the need to acquire land for paths and access
- the absence of bike path markings on the plans makes it hard for people to imagine the ponds and bike paths working together
- the cost of building bridges and the difficulty of getting approval for more risk intensive (and inaccessible) but beautiful forms of creek crossings – like rocks to jump over
- the need to ensure Masterplans (like the Debneys Park Masterplan under development) work in tandem with the plans for the creek
The plans for the creek are extensive. It’s worth taking a look and having your say before August 14th.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with any feedback you have on the draft plan. For further information, you can call call Moonee Valley Council’s City Design Team on 9243 8888 or Moreland’s Open Space Team on 8311 4387.
Have your say by Tuesday, 14 August.
… including the history of the creek in a pictorial timeline (the following pictures are from the Chain of Ponds Plan).