What is the aim of the project?
The Reimagining Blind Creek – Lewis Park project aims to create a desirable open space where people can interact with nature and each other. In addition to naturalising the creek, there will be three new wetlands, a range of paths, a boardwalk and other amenities for the community to enjoy.
The project also aims to boost water security for a growing population (with Victoria’s population set to double by 2051) by harvesting around 250 million litres a year of stormwater that can be used to irrigate local sports ovals and community gardens. This will also improve the quality of water flowing through to Dandenong Creek by removing 764kg of Nitrogen from the water.
Where will the works take place?
The Blind Creek corridor forms an environmental ‘spine’ through the City of Knox, providing vital amenities for the community along with environmental connection and active transport options.
The section of Blind Creek to be naturalised extends from Manuka Drive to Scoresby Road in Boronia.
Improvements will also be made to Lewis Park, which is situated on Blind Creek, just upstream of Dandenong Creek and adjacent to the Knox Central Activity Centre.
What does the project involve?
The project works include:
- Re-naturalisation of 1,650m of Blind Creek
- Three new wetlands
- Two harvesting ponds
- 6,300m of new paths
- 676,941 plants for improved biodiversity outcomes
- 1,700 new trees for improved shade and cooling
- 65m of boardwalk through the wetland system for improved access and amenity
- A number of new community infrastructure assets such as community viewing platforms, pedestrian bridges, stepping stones crossings, benches and tables.
Construction contract awarded
Late 2022/Early 2023
Detailed design and construction plan completed
Main works completed
Minor works completed and ongoing maintenance
Capturing your ideas
In 2018, we worked with Knox Council to engage people most likely to use Blind Creek and its open space to discuss our plans for the area and seek input into the proposed designs.
The following design concept, informed by local knowledge, community values and priorities, was selected.
We will now look to appoint a construction partner to help us finalise the design and get ready to begin construction in early 2023.
We’re committed to minimising our impact on the community, businesses and the environment as we deliver world-class solutions.
We have undertaken a cultural heritage, flora and fauna assessment of the area and have factored all recommendations into our final delivery plan for the works, and ensure we adopt any recommendations provided.
We will undertake practical measures to reduce disruption to the surrounding community, such as noise and dust monitoring, and communicate key work dates and times well ahead of works commencing.
There will be no impacts or interruptions to local water services while we undertake the works.
How was the project funded?
Melbourne Water will contribute $12M from a number of program allocations.
On 15 June 2022, Minister for Water Lisa Neville announced $2.5 million in funding towards the Blind Creek and Lewis Park project – making it one of 11 metropolitan and 17 regional projects selected for funding under the first round of the $14.1 million Integrated Water Management (IWM) grants program.
The remainder $3.5M of funding for the project will come from Knox Council.
About the Reimagining Your Creek Program
Over the last few years we’ve been working with our project partners, community representatives and residents to reimagine a number of creeks across Melbourne.
By working together, we’re transforming stormwater drains and creeks into natural waterways and desirable open spaces, where people can interact with nature in cooler, healthier environments community values and priorities.
The program has seen the transformation of sections of Taralla Creek in Croydon, Arnolds Creek in Melton West, an upstream section of Blind Creek in Boronia, and more programs underway along Moonee Ponds Creek in Strathmore and Oak Park - with Blind Creek (Lewis Park) to soon follow.
Keeping you informed
We will provide more information, including the timing of activities, as the project progresses and more information becomes available.
Contact the project team
: 131 722