Case studies in liveability

We’re working with community groups, not-for-profits, and local and state government on innovative ways to use the land we own to benefit you. Check out this snapshot of current and completed projects, designed to enhance life and liveability in Melbourne.

10 kilometre bike trail – Carrum to Warburton

We've been working closely with VicRoads on a ten-kilometre bike path, approved in mid-2014, which will link the existing Warburton and Eastlink trails. Almost three kilometres will be built on a Melbourne Water pipe track in Croydon, and once the connecting path is complete in 2018 the entire trail will extend 90 kilometres from Carrum to Warburton – connecting the bay to country Victoria.

Melbourne Water has been working with VicRoads to develop the business case and path design by assessing the feasibility and analysing options. This case study highlights the benefits of a whole-of-government approach to planning and funding projects of this nature. If you're interested in building a shared pathway on our land, you can apply for approval online.

Greening the Pipeline parkland initiative

Greening the Pipeline is a project aiming to transform the Main Outfall Sewer (MOS) reserve from Millers Road in Brooklyn to the Werribee River, into a natural and vibrant space that will connect communities and provide a unique place for neighbours to meet, play and relax. To showcase the potential of the Greening the Pipeline, the Pilot Park was built along 100 metres of the reserve in Williams Landing. Melbourne Water and the Victorian Government jointly funded this project. We were supporter by our key partners Wyndham City Council, City West Water and VicRoads. 

A key requirement of this project was to incorporate a local stormwater harvesting system within the parkland. A number of community and stakeholder engagement activities were held over the course of two months in 2016 to inform the design of the pilot park.

Construction of the park commenced in December 2016 and was completed in April 2017. The design of the park consists of green open space with improved connectivity for communities on either side. Amenities such as exercise equipment, seats, drink fountain, bike stands, and lighting were also added as well as trees for habitat creation and shading, 

The integrated water sensitive design element of the park includes a stormwater treatement, harvesting and reuse system to ensure the sustainable irrigation of the green space and to minimise stormwater runoff to the downstream waterway. The Pilot Park was successfully launched on 29 April 2017, attended by more than 300 people enjoying the new green open space.

We are now working on the next stage, which is master planning of a 3.5km section of the MOS between Laurie Emmins Reserve and Skeleton Creek.

Before construction of Pilot Park
MOS prior to development


Completion of Pilot Park
Pilot Park post development


Link chain of parks – Merlynston, North Coburg

Making use of our drainage land, this project proposes the linking of several parks. Several potential uses have been suggested based on local demographics such as fruit producing food gardens (including olive trees), a fenced off-lead dog area and undercover facility for owners, additional canopy trees and a shared path.

Melbourne Water and City of Moreland are collaborating on a community led activation of a reserve owned by Melbourne Water at the northern end of the chain of parks. Community groups are able to apply to propose an idea and lead a project to better use this space via our YourSay page.


​Community gardens – Hope City Mission

In January 2016 a linear strip of above-ground garden beds were built on a pipe track corridor behind the Hope City Mission distribution centre. The Mission will use the vegetables grown to help their clients understand how to use fresh produce and prepare healthy meals, as well as supplement the 200+ kilograms of fresh produce they distribute to the community every day.

Hope City Mission's emergency relief programs provide assessment-based Foodbank, financial assistance and advocacy, and life skills workshops to those in greatest need in the eastern metropolitan suburbs.

Hope City Mission

Birdhide upgrade – Edithvale-Seaford Wetland

We've financially supported the Friends of Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands to renovate an old bird hide at the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands. this project reinstated the Edithvale Bird Hide as a key destination in the local area for both local and international visitors interested bird watching at the site.

Platypus & Frog Murals – Diamond Creek & Williams Landing

We sponsored a mural created by local students for a pedestrian and bike path underpass along Diamond Creek in Eltham, helping to enhance the area's amenity and educate the public about the impacts of litter in waterways.

We also sponsored a similar project in Williams Landing along the Greening the Pipeline project, where local students painted a mural about the frogs that live in the surrounding waterways.

Greening the Pipeline mural designed to raise awareness of frog habitats

Moonee Ponds Catchment Collaboration

The Moonee Ponds Creek catchment is a highly urbanised and modified creek system. Historically the creek was seen solely as a drain or water conduit, a perception that led to inappropriate development, neglect and degradation.

Past collaboration, including through the Moonee Ponds Creek Coordination Committee, friends groups and cross governmental partnerships, has resulted in some social and environmental improvements; however, significant issues persist across the catchment.

While several plans have been developed to set a clear direction for the catchment, progress has been hindered by lack of catchment-wide governance.

In February 2017, 60 stakeholders came together to talk about collaboration in the Moonee Ponds Creek catchment. This was the beginning of the collaboration process that has resulted in a commitment by representatives of 18 organisations and 10 supporting partners to work together to:

‘Transform the Moonee Ponds Creek into an iconic waterway for Melbourne that enhances its natural capital and provides high social and environmental benefits to local and wider communities.’

The collaboration group includes representatives from local and state government, community groups, not-for-profits, businesses and research organisations – all with a strong interest in improving the Moonee Ponds Creek.

The group has now developed three working groups to look at three projects, which will enable a catchment-wide approach for:

  • a shared portal for research and mapping
  • strengthening planning controls
  • formalising the collaboration group.

In addition to the three projects, a number of ‘spin-off’ successes have arisen from the collaborators working together over the course of the year, including:

  • Impetus for Moreland City Council to become joint owners, with Moonee Valley Council, of a masterplan for the creek in the central part of the catchment – this enables the final product to be co-branded and co-delivered by two councils, either side of the creek
  • A three-council investigation into stormwater harvesting opportunities in the lower half of the catchment
  • The prevention of the loss of a parcel of land to development, through highlighting the value of the creek corridor and its retention as accessible space
  • Scoping and funding of revegetation projects between various collaborators
  • New and improved pedestrian access to parts of the creek bank. Including, for one site, a student investigation into new pedestrian access points
  • Coordinated responses by several collaborators to a major infrastructure proposal, resulting in a recommendation from the Minister for Planning that the collaborators be involved formally in development of the open space projects proposed in the project.

For more information on the collaboration, or to get involved, please email [email protected]





Moonee Ponds Catchment Collaboration group Moonee Ponds Catchment Collaboration working group Group walking the Moonee Ponds Catchment

Living Links

Living Links is a large-scale environmental and social project involving Councils, Government agencies and community groups working together to create a web of green spaces in Melbourne’s south-east.

Melbourne Water is partnering with Living Links to improve the connections between the many parks, reserves, open spaces, coasts, beaches, pathways, rivers, creeks and wetlands to make this area a world-class urban ecosystem.


Greening the West

Greening the West is a regional initiative that's about enriching the communities in Melbourne's west through the development of green spaces. Melbourne Water supports Greening the West in a broad range of activities that contribute to urban greening by utilising the land and waterway management and integrated water solutions. The Greening the West initiative helps Melbourne water achieve its vision of 'enriching life and liveability' leading to desirable urban spaces and environments and healthy waterways and bays.

Visit the Greening the West website for more information.


Last updated:
16 July 2020