Current works affecting footpaths, roads or drains

Maribyrnong River Main – Sewer Upgrade Project

Melbourne Water is upgrading the Maribyrnong River Main Sewer (MRM) over the next two years.

Works will include:

  • establishing site offices and facilities in the area to remain in place until the project is complete in 2020;
  • installing a temporary above-ground sewer bypass pipeline to allow local sewerage services to continue operating at all times;
  • cleaning and relining the sewer by accessing existing manholes;
  • rehabilitating ageing and damaged manholes.

There will be no interruptions to sewerage or water service as a result of these works.

December 2018 – April 2019 update (download the Melbourne Water community update, pdf 1MB)

  • Cleaning and relining the sewer by accessing existing manholes
  • Reinstating areas affected by our works
  • No works will be undertaken over the Christmas period from 21 December 2018 to 6 January 2019.

November 2018 update - planning application permit MV/832/2018

Some vegetation (small and medium sized trees, shrubs and grasses) will need to be removed by Melbourne Water to undertake essential works.

Melbourne Water have submitted a planning permit application [ref: MV/832/2018] to Council for proposed works that will affect vegetation within an Environmental Significance Overlay. This relates to essential works to rehabilitate the MRM sewer.

The sewer is being accessed by existing manholes, some of which are up to 40 metres deep (equivalent to the height of a 15 storey building), and are located in areas of steep and difficult terrain. Access tracks for construction vehicles and machinery need to be created so we can safely and efficiently get to the manholes to complete the works. Some of these access tracks will also enable ongoing maintenance activities to be performed safely into the future. The locations of the proposed access tracks have been carefully designed to avoid as many trees and shrubs as possible; however, unfortunately not all vegetation can be avoided. Melbourne Water have been working closely with Moonee Valley City Council and Parks Victoria to minimise the amount of vegetation that will need to be removed as much as possible. 

After the works have been completed, Melbourne Water will replace all vegetation that was removed by re-planting in the local area, and rehabilitate disturbed areas in accordance with revegetation and reinstatement plans approved by Council and Parks Victoria.

Stage 1

The first section of the sewer to be upgraded will be from Canning Reserve near the sports oval (off Canning Street) in Avondale Heights, through to Steele Creek Reserve in Essendon West.

Temporary above-ground sewer bypass pipeline and pumping equipment has been installed from Canning Reserve through to Steele Creek Reserve next to the Maribyrnong River Trail and works to the sewer have commenced. Crews will be working in a number of different areas at once and will not be at any given location for the entire stage of the works, or for the duration of the project.

The first section of works is estimated to be completed in December 2018 (subject to weather conditions).

Melbourne Water has appointed CPB and Black & Veatch Joint Venture (CPB-BV JV) as their construction partner to deliver the project on behalf of Melbourne Water.

What to expect during construction

Residents, businesses and visitors will notice: 

  • site offices, compounds and storage areas in the area – these will remain in place until the project is complete in 2020
  • noise and vibration from trucks and other vehicles, machinery, reversing beepers and generators to power pumps and other equipment
  • odour when manholes are opened and the sewer is being cleaned
  • trucks and other construction vehicle movements in the area
  • changes to traffic conditions while we work in local streets – traffic management plans will be in place to manage traffic flow and to ensure motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are able to safel navigate around our work areas
  • reduced access to the Maribyrnong River Trail in some locations, with temporary diversions in place for cyclists and pedestrians around construction areas.

Impacts or interruptions to water or sewerage services is not anticipated during the works.

Works will take place between the hours of 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and 7am to 6pm some Saturdays, when required. Residents and businesses will be advised by Melbourne Water in advance if works are necessary outside of these hours.

For more information, contact Melbourne Water on 1800 027 517 or read more on the Melbourne Water website.

Last updated: Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 11:42 AM