Stony Creek Rehabilitation Plan

The Stony Creek Rehabilitation Plan (2019-2029) identifies long term and sustained actions that span recovery to active rehabilitation of the creek and its surrounds.

Background

Melbourne Water marquee at Stony Creek
Melbourne Water community engagement at Stony Creek

As the caretaker of Melbourne’s waterways, we understand how valued Stony Creek is to the local community, and how passionate people are about its recovery and rehabilitation - which is why we involved the community to create a plan.

The local community contributed their ideas, aspirations and priorities to support the long-term rehabilitation and future protection of Stony Creek. Their insights, values and recommended actions were used to create the plan.

The draft plan was publicly released in early July 2019 for a four-week period to seek feedback from the community. Comments were used to prepare the final plan to ensure it aligns with community expectations, values and aspirations. The final Stony Creek Rehabilitation Plan was officially launched on 8 September 2019.

Download the plan

Report on actions 

The second annual report card for the Stony Creek Rehabilitation Plan is available, providing an update on the status and progress of actions from July 2020 to August 2021.  A significant amount of work has been undertaken by Melbourne Water,  Maribyrnong City Council, the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) and the local community to rehabilitate and protect Stony Creek. 

Among the highlights in the report card are:

Cruickshank Park

  • a new frog pond was installed at Drew Street in Yarraville to create an offstream habitat for frogs and birds and a new habitat for native wildlife, while naturally filtering stormwater before it reaches the creek;
  • the Friends of Cruikshank Park and Friends of Stony Creek hosted a number of community events throughout the year including Clean Up Australia day activities, information displays at the Yarraville Festival, a bird walk, a pop-up toddler play space, frog pond planting activity, a Community Day in April 2021;
  • research partnerships with RMIT produced insights into water and sediment quality and a comprehensive litter survey. Recommendations from these studies will be taken on board and used into the future;
  • EPA’s West Metro team along with their Maribyrnong Officer for the Protection of the Local Environment (OPLE), conducted an inspection blitz, covering nine locations in one day at Sara Grove, Tottenham.

Download the report cards

More information on our work with partner agencies to restore and enhance Stony Creek can be found at:

Other relevant plans and policies 

Community volunteers planting seedlings
Community volunteers at Stony Creek

The Stony Creek Rehabilitation Plan is consistent with agency policies and strategies including Melbourne Water’s Healthy Waterways Strategy (2018-2028), Maribyrnong City Council’s open space plans including the Stony Creek Future Directions Plan, and EPA Victoria’s policies and guidelines. Follow the links for more information:

    Contact us 

    Phone: 131 722

    Email: [email protected]

    Last updated:
    3 December 2021