Our Moonee Ponds Creek

What is our plan for the creek?

Our draft plan for Moonee Ponds Creek reflects the long-term needs, wants and aspirations of our community and will help us prioritise future actions and ideas for our creek. Our plan seeks
to improve the ecological health of the creek, protect it from inappropriate urban development, support a happy and active community, and take steps to manage climate change.
It is designed to bring together the community, stakeholders, land managers and government agencies to develop new strategies for improving life along the creek.
As the creek means different things to different people, it’s vital that the community is involved in each stage of this process.

Why do we need a plan for Moonee Ponds Creek?

Climate change has been identified as the greatest threat to both global health and the economy in the 21st century. We will need to adapt to remain resilient in the face of this change.
This plan takes a holistic approach – respecting the creek’s unique biodiversity and cultural heritage, meeting the needs of the community and taking steps necessary to manage changes in climate and weather conditions.
For example, our concrete drainage network might not cope with more intense rainfall which can lead to flooding, however, we can employ ecosystem services to manage movement through gardens, wetlands and streams.
In doing so, floods can be prevented and we can create beautiful community and ecological spaces.

History of the creek

Like most landscapes, the creek has evolved and changed as time has progressed. It has served different purposes and been shaped by the changing attitudes of the community around it.

A living creek

Prior to white settlement, the creek played an important role in Wurundjeri culture as a meeting and gathering place. It was a source of abundant wildlife and was integral to the ecology of the region.

An agricultural creek

With European settlement came the sub-division of the land to the high water mark of the creek. By 1845, the landscape was cleared, fencing was erected and farming and sand mining commenced. Sheep grazing was followed by wheat and other grains and the land was celebrated for its productiveness. The first State Farm was established on the banks of the creek in Parkville.

A sewer creek

Due to the lack of vegetation, erosion of the creek bank occurred and sedimentation and flooding became a major problem of the creek, which was treated like an open sewer. By the second half of the 19th century, health problems became a major concern and residents called for ‘improvement’ to the creek. Within a short time frame, the creek as significantly altered in form and appearance.

A drainage creek

After the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works was established in 1890, work commenced to sewer the city and solve ongoing flooding issues along the creek. Concerns about health and safety along the creek led to a long term drainage scheme that included substantial changes to its alignment and form, most noticeably, the installation of concrete lining.

A recreation creek

Early in the twentieth century, the population was growing and the need to provide suitable recreational spaces was obvious. The only cost-effective and available land was along the creek which led to the development of recreational and sporting facilities in this space. In 1929, a linear park along the creek was proposed, although it was not constructed.

An urbanised creek

With substantial migration from Europe, the post war period marked significant population growth, fuelling rapid urban expansion along the creek. A new high was constructed along the creek floodplain to service the new suburbs and international airport, and support increased private car ownership. The creek was significantly realigned and channelised.

An environmental creek

The 1960s and 70s marked a significant shift in community attitudes towards the creek, with increased recognition of the ecological and social importance of the creek. Community groups were established to improve the creek’s health and function.

A future creek

Today we face important decisions about the type of city we would like to live in. We have significantly intervened and altered our natural systems and now need to change our management of these natural and urban ecosystems.

Which areas are covered in the plan?

The plan aims to improve the ecological health of the creek while creating a linear park that connects the inner and outer suburbs for people, animals and plants.

The linear park forms the eastern edge of Moonee Valley. The trail, which runs along the creek, is approximately 13.5km long and extends between Racecourse Road in Flemington and the Western Ring Road at Jacana Wetlands, Glenroy.

Shared path users can access various facilities including Debneys Park, Travancore Park, Ormond Park, Cross Keys Reserve, Lebanon Reserve, JP Fawkner Reserve Strathmore Reserve, Oak Park Aquatic Centre, Boeing Reserve and Jacana Wetlands.

What has been done so far?

  1. Site analysis, background documents have been reviewed and water investigations have taken place.
  2. An interactive map was developed with feedback from the community.
  3. A number of stakeholder workshops, designed with a collaboration approach in mind, were held.
  4. An installation event was held at Moonee Valley Festival to discuss ideas for the creek. People attending the festival had the opportunity to review the information, contribute ideas and discuss a range of issues and opportunities with project team members, Council staff and Friends of the Moonee Ponds Creek.
  5. We held a ‘Share Your Creativity’ Competition. The project team asked people to get creative and draw, write or paint your expression of the creek. These creations helped inspire our vision for the future of Moonee Ponds Creek.
  6. A Cultural Heritage Values Recording was undertaken by the Wurundjeri to identify and understand the contemporary and traditional indigenous cultural values associated with the creek.
  7. Community feedback was collated and developed into a draft plan.

What happens next?

It’s now time for the community to give their feedback on the draft plan.

Join us at one of our community consultation sessions listed below to share your ideas:

Brunswick West session
When: Tuesday, 17 July, from 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Where: Campbell Turnbull Library Meeting Room, 220 Melville Road, Brunswick West

Flemington session
When: Wednesday, 18 July, from 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Where: Flemington Community Centre, Mt Alexander Road, Flemington

Glenroy session
When: Thursday, 2 August, from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Glenroy Library, 737 Pascoe Vale Road, Glenroy

If you are unable to make these dates then email us (ourcreek@mvcc.vic.gov.au or openspace@moreland.vic.gov.au) with any feedback you have on the draft vision. For further information, please call Moonee Valley Council’s City Design Team on 9243 8888 or Moreland’s Open Space Team on 8311 4387

Where can I see the draft plan?

Below are the sections of the draft plan and Executive Summary for Moonee Ponds Creek.

Moonee Ponds Creek - Executive Summary (5.11MB, PDF)

Section A and  B - Project context and Chronology (8.81MB, PDF)

Section C - Creek stories (1.58MB, PDF)

Section D - The creek today (30.9MB, PDF)

Section E - Water investigation (5.5MB, PDF)

Section F - Linear park (18.4MB, PDF)

Section G - Base plans (4.68MB, PDF)

Section H and I - Implementation and Credits (703KB, PDF)

Have your say

Email us (ourcreek@mvcc.vic.gov.au or openspace@moreland.vic.gov.au) with any feedback you have on the draft plan. For further information, please call Moonee Valley Council’s City Design Team on 9243 8888 or Moreland’s Open Space Team on 8311 4387.

Have your say by Tuesday, 14 August.

Where can I get more information?

Moonee Valley contact: City Design Team
Phone: 9243 8888
Email: ourcreek@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Moreland contact: Open Space
Phone: 8311 4387
Email: openspace@moreland.vic.gov.au

Last updated: Saturday, 9 March 2019, 8:33 AM