Melbourne Water and Hume City Council have commenced discussions about a creek revitalisation project in Westmeadows through the Reimagining Your Creek Program.
This Melbourne Water program is designed to transform several kilometres of concrete/earthen channelised waterways into places that improve liveability, amenity, health and wellbeing benefits for the community in addition to delivering integrated water management outcomes. The Westmeadows project will aim to restore an old 400 metre long meander in the Moonee Ponds Creek that was cut off in the early 1970s for flood mitigation purposes, and has been identified as a priority project for the Chain of Ponds Collaboration.
The restorations, whereby water would resume its flow through the meander, would enhance biodiversity, habitat and local amenity values of the area. Under the proposal, Melbourne Water will invest significant resources into the necessary in-stream works to re-engage the meander, while Council is investigating opportunities to contribute to the community connectivity and amenity outcomes of the project, including a pedestrian bridge across the Moonee Ponds Creek and potential enhancement of the path network.