3000 strong Stony Creek petition tabled in Parliament
A community petition with 3022 signatories, calling for the completion of the Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project in Sunshine North, has been tabled in Victorian Parliament.
The tabling of the petition this week by Member for Western Metropolitan Region, Mr Cesar Melhem, follows the successful Save Stony Creek campaign launched by Brimbank Council in July 2019.
Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Georgina Papafotiou thanked community members who put their support behind the campaign and signed the petition.
‘Through this campaign we were able to keep the contract for works on site alive; the steering committee of partners in place; and demonstrate significant community support for the project by way of collecting more than 3000 signatures for the petition.
‘Last month we welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement works would restart on site.
‘This great news will help ensure a fair outcome for neighbourhoods along the Upper Stony Creek corridor and for the local environment.
‘Council’s ultimate aim has always been to see the project recommenced and delivered fairly for the community.
‘We look forward to seeing the works restart on site and to working through the project steering committee to support these works to be delivered to the community,’ Cr Papafotiou said.
Mayor Papafotiou thanked Member for Western Metropolitan Region Cesar Melham for tabling the petition in Parliament in support of Brimbank, and Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman for helping Brimbank to reach such a positive outcome.
Council will continue to advocate for the Federal Government to reaffirm its commitment to the project, and to provide more time and money to complete the works.
Works on the Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project, on Melbourne Water land, began in April 2018 and brought together all levels of government, alongside private enterprise. The original budget for the project was $11 million.
The project set out to rehabilitate a 1.2 kilometre section of Stony Creek from a concrete drain back to a green, lush natural wetland, but works came to a standstill after costs blew out due to asbestos contamination.