Work continues to improve the shared path and trail in the northern sections of Moonee Ponds Creek.
We are fortunate to have a shared path or trail for almost all the Creek’s length, offering exploration and recreation opportunities along this iconic corridor. However, there are some significant breaks in the trail: the first near Vanberg Road in Essendon, where trail users are directed to the streets, and another north and west of Victoria Street in Westmeadows.
This second gap in the shared path is due to the Mitchell Lasry Quarry, which was operational at the time when the trail was originally constructed. As the area near the creek was part of the work site, it was necessary to go around this section. North of the quarry there are paths, some near the creek, but it is not always clear where best to maintain your journey and connection with the creek.
A project working group has been established as part of the Chain of Ponds to look at this northern missing link. As noted last quarter, the Upper Moonee Ponds Creek Shared Trail Project Group enjoyed a walk on Country and site visit with Wurundjeri Elders, Aunty Gail Smith & Aunty Julieanne Axford, alongside interested parties to explore the sections of the potential and existing shared trails.
Matt, Melissa and colleagues from Thompson Berrill Landscape Design were part of the walk and site visit. They are currently developing a Concept Plan for review, which will be available in November.
Contact: Rachel Lopes, Chain of Ponds / Greater Western Water