New drain to reduce flooding in Murrumbeena

Murrumbeena residents will benefit from a new storm water drain which will commence construction this year to reduce the impact of flooding in the area.

Construction of the drain, which will run from Railway Parade in Murrumbeena to Gardiners Creek in Malvern East, is expected to begin in October and will take two years to complete. 

The Murrumbeena Main Drain project aims to reduce the effects of flooding by increasing overall drainage capacity.

Melbourne Water Project Manager Rohan Escreet said the project would reduce flood risk for one of Melbourne’s highest risk catchments. 

“This area has a history of flooding that is expected to worsen in future if steps are not taken,” he said. 

“This project will reduce flood levels in Murrumbeena and Malvern East, particularly for properties around the pipe alignment including Bute Street, which experienced damaging flooding in 2011.”

“The new stormwater drain will collect water from heavy rainfall that flows over the streets and paved surfaces, reducing the impact of flooding to properties in the area. 

While the project will provide significant flood mitigation, it will not remove all risk of flooding.

“Flooding is natural and inevitable. Like fire and other natural hazards, it’s a part of the Australian landscape. We can’t stop floods happening, but we can plan for and manage the risk, and reduce the consequences.”

“Murrumbeena is a flood prone area and the work we are doing will reduce the risk, but will not eliminate it.”

Significant consultation with community and local councils was undertaken in order to determine the most appropriate route for the new drain.

“In addition to ongoing community engagement, we worked closely with both Councils (Glen Eira and Stonnington) to assess five different options for the drain alignment. 

“The option that was chosen provides the highest possible level of flood mitigation with the least community impacts. The alignment is designed to specifically improve flood outcomes for properties impacted by the severe 2011 flood event.” 

The installation of a new 1.8 metre diameter drain will involve working in a number of streets in Malvern East and Murrumbeena and will require the removal of some trees and the pruning of others.

“Given the scale of the project and the size of the pipes involved, there will be a number of large machines on site. This will cause some disturbance and construction inconvenience.” 

“We have chosen the final alignment of the drain to minimise the loss of trees. In areas where tree removal is unavoidable, we have done everything possible to reduce the number and quality of trees impacted.

“Melbourne Water’s primary focus for this project is to ensure flooding impacts in the area are reduced during heavy rainfall events, and this drain will help to deliver that.”

Once works are complete all grass and roads will be reinstated or replaced. 

You can keep up to date with what’s happening on the project by contacting our Project Team on 1800 725 892 or via email [email protected] or visit

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