Brimbank,
21
May
2015
|
07:33
Australia/Melbourne

From Wasteland to Wetland: Upper Stony Creek set for transformation

A section of Upper Stony Creek in Sunshine North is set to be rehabilitated from a concrete drain into a natural stream.

The area from Furlong Road to Gilmore Road is owned by Melbourne Water and currently comprises a concrete drain and very poor open space amenity

The concept design proposes a completely naturalised waterway and wetland that harvests treated stormwater for street trees and open spaces.

Other proposed infrastructure includes

  • a circuit path network;
  • seating and picnic areas;
  • significant tree planting;
  • riparian planting; and
  • interpretive signage.

The project has great potential to be a demonstration project for converting underutilised concrete waterways into sustainable, green urban landscapes that re-establish creek ecology.

“In addition to the significant changes to the creek environment, the project proposes to establish a fantastic piece of open space alongside the creek for the local Sunshine North community to enjoy,” Chair of Brimbank Administrators, Mr John Watson said.

Brimbank City Council is part of the project control group which is being led by Melbourne Water and City West Water.

The project is also consistent with a key aspect of Greening the West that establishes alternative water supplies to ensure sustainable future greening initiatives.

It's expected that all capital funding for the project would be sourced from external agencies. Detailed design and community consultation will be required to further develop the project.