Council commits to transforming Moonee Ponds Creek

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Council commits to transforming Moonee Ponds Creek

Moonee Valley City Council has today joined with 14 other organisations to formalise their commitment to the Moonee Ponds Creek Chain of Ponds Collaboration through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said today’s signing formalises the collaboration between Melbourne Water, a number of local councils, water authorities and ‘friends of’ groups who have a shared vision of transforming one of Melbourne’s most urbanised and modified creek systems into an iconic waterway.

“The collaboration will take a whole-of-catchment approach to the management of the creek, identify collaborative opportunities for the catchment and protect and enhance biodiversity, open spaces, habitat and biolinks along the creek corridor,” Cr Sipek said.

Portfolio holder for Future Communities Cr Rebecca Gauci Maurici, who signed the MoU today on behalf of Council, said the signing was an important symbolic opportunity to formalise our commitment to transform the creek into a healthy, biodiverse waterway of which we can all be proud.

“As the population of Moonee Valley grows, we recognise the importance of open space corridors and waterways to the health and wellbeing of our residents,” Cr Gauci Maurici said.

“As a member of the Moonee Ponds Creek Collaboration, Council will continue to advocate on behalf of residents to revitalise and naturalise what is currently one of Melbourne’s most urbanised and modified creek systems.”

Just downstream from today’s signing event lies the section of the Moonee Ponds Creek which was the last to be replaced with concrete channel in the 1970s, in what the Victorian Division of the Planning Institute of Australia has listed as one of the state’s worst-ever planning decisions.

Councillors earlier this year selected the removal and revegetation of the concrete corridor near Brosnan Crescent, Strathmore as one of their top advocacy priorities, with Council seeking support from other levels of government to achieve this vision.

Other members of the Chain of Ponds Collaboration involved in today’s signing included Melbourne Water, City of Melbourne, Moreland City Council, Hume City Council, Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek, Friends of Upper Moonee Ponds Creek, Kensington Association, Living Colour Studio, Parks Victoria, Yarra Valley Water, Conservation Volunteers Australia, City West Water, the Victorian Planning Authority and the Moonee Valley Bicycle Users Group.

Contact for journalists:
Kate Murphy, Media Advisor
Phone: 03 9243 1645; Mobile: 0419 507 339; Email: media@mvcc.vic.gov.au


Last updated: Sunday, 11 November 2018, 10:16 PM