Historic collaboration to transform Moonee Ponds Creek

Fifteen organisations have come together to sign the ‘Chain of Ponds Collaboration’, an historic new agreement that will help transform Moonee Ponds Creek.

Melbourne Water, local councils, water authorities, ‘Friends’ groups and other organisations signed a Memorandom of Understanding this week at JP Fawkner Reserve in Oak Park as part of a commitment to work together to improve the health of the creek.

The agreement outlines a shared vision aiming “to transform the Moonee Ponds Creek into an iconic Melbourne waterway that provides high social and environmental benefits.”

The Chain of Ponds Collaboration will bring together stakeholders and the community to plan and work to facilitate positive change throughout the creek’s catchment.

Melbourne Water’s Manager, Land & Collaborative Planning, Hannah Pexton, said the partnership was an amazing initiative to improve the local waterway.

“The Collaboration really showcases a new way for a range of agencies and community groups to work together to manage a local waterway,” Ms Pexton said.

“The Moonee Ponds Creek catchment is one of Melbourne’s most urbanised and modified creek systems.

“This kind of work provides a great opportunity to improve the important open space areas along the creek corridor for the community and environment, and we’re looking forward to working closely with the wider community in delivering this,” she said.

The Hon Kelvin Thomson, President and founder of the Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek said the collaboration is incredibly important for Melbourne’s future.

“The way in which so many agencies are sharing our vision for Moonee Ponds Creek makes me the most positive I have felt for the Creek’s future in all my 30 years of advocating for it,” Mr Thomson said.

The project will take a whole-of-catchment approach to management of the creek, identify collaborative opportunities for the catchment and protect and enhance biodiversity, open spaces, habitat and biolinks along the creek corridor.

City West Water Managing Director, David Ryan, said the transformation would have significant benefits for the community.

“Not only will the Chain of Ponds Collaboration enhance the waterway and local environment, it will improve the health, social and economic outcomes of the individuals and community which border Moonee Ponds Creek.

“City West Water is privileged to partner with the community and diverse organisations to facilitate this initiative,” Mr Ryan said.

Collaboration partners include:

  • Melbourne Water
  • City of Melbourne
  • Moonee Valley City Council
  • Moreland City Council
  • Hume City Council
  • Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek
  • Friends of Upper Moonee Ponds Creek
  • Kensington Association
  • Living Colour Studio
  • Parks Victoria
  • Yarra Valley Water
  • Conservation Volunteers Australia
  • City West Water
  • Victorian Planning Authority
  • Moonee Bicycle Users Group

For more information contact: [email protected]