Melbourne Water has collaborated with Parks Victoria and the City of Casey on an exciting project to create a new wetland and realign the southern reach of Grasmere Creek in Berwick, which will restore and enhance the area.
This project is an example of a co-delivered collaborative program, with Parks Victoria providing the land to implement the project, and the City of Casey providing 40,000 plants for community planting days.
Take a look at the completed wetland:
Why was this project important?
Grasmere Creek is a highly valued waterway within the broader Cardinia Creek catchment, known for its significant flora and fauna – including the rare and threatened Dwarf Galaxias fish. However, historical straightening of the creek has reduced floodplain connectivity and aquatic and terrestrial values. A section of the creek also runs under high voltage power lines, limiting its ecological connectivity and passive recreation opportunities through the Cardinia Creek Parklands.
The project will achieve two Performance Objectives priorities for this area under the Healthy Waterways Strategy 2018–28, including Vegetation Extent (PO2) and Stormwater Quality (PO4).
The project aimed to:
- improve floodplain connectivity while supporting habitat for drought refuge species including Dwarf Galaxias
- create an ephemeral stormwater treatment wetland which services the Grasmere Creek catchment as well as providing best practice water quality improvement, nitrogen and sediment removal from Western Port
- enhance wildlife corridors and cultural heritage features of the park aligns with Parks Victoria’s Masterplan
- improve recreation and liveability benefits for the local community.
The project will enhance the wildlife corridor through the Cardinia Creek Parklands and will provide a shared path linking Inglis Road with Buchanan Road, Berwick for local residents and visitors to enjoy. The site also contains many cultural heritage features within the Parklands.
As part of this project, local schools and community groups had the opportunity to get involved in planning for liveability aspects ‘place making’ of the project.