In October 2018, fifteen organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing to the ‘Chain of Ponds Collaboration’, an historic new agreement that will help transform Moonee Ponds Creek.
The collaboration includes representatives from local and state government, community groups, not-for-profits, water authorities and research organisations — all with a strong interest in improving the Moonee Ponds Creek.
As signatories to the MOU, these parties have determined to work together to deliver a shared vision of Transforming 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.
Chain of Ponds Collaboration partners include:
- Melbourne Water
- City of Moonee Valley
- Hume City Council
- Moreland City Council
- City of Melbourne
- City West Water
- Yarra Valley Water
- Victorian Planning Authority
- Conservation Volunteers Australia
- Parks Victoria
- Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek
- Kensington Association
- Moonee Valley Bicycle User Group
- Living Colour Studio
There are also 17 supporting organisations who have showed an interest in the work of the collaboration.
- Monash University
- Swinburne University
- University of Melbourne
- Impact Investment Group
- Bicycle Network
- Port Phillip and Westernport CMA
- Northern Golf Course
- Friends of Upper Moonee Ponds Creek
- Loci Environment & Place
- Western Distributor Authority
- Bio Urban Consultancy
- Friends of Woodlands Historic Park
- North & West Melbourne Association
Watch the video to discover the benefits of the collaborative approach and how it has developed a strong understanding within the stakeholder group.
Why this project is important
Moonee Ponds Creek catchment is one of Melbourne’s most urbanised and modified creek systems. 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.
A catchment approach will ensure that the creek is considered as part of the urban fabric — not a separate, hidden corridor, but entwined and linked to the different parklands, recreational areas, public transport hubs, commercial and residential precincts that surround it
What’s happening and when
The Collaboration has developed a prospectus which identifies a number of initial priority projects for both advocacy and delivery.
Working groups have been established around a number of these priorities, determining ways to deliver these projects using a catchment-wide approach.
|Defining the model of collaboration, advocacy, promotion, investigating funding sources and maintaining momentum|
|Strengthening planning controls||Analysing current planning scheme controls with a view to more consistency across boundaries and more effectiveness in achieving outcomes for the creek that support the collaborations vision.|
|Spatial data portal||Developing a visual portal for sharing knowledge and information about projects and the creek.|
|EcoArt||Visualising and designing immersive experiences which excite, educate and encourage contemplation.|
|Catchment litter program||Seeking solutions to reducing litter contamination in the creek|
|Transport and trails network||Identifying issues and solutions with the trail network (shared and walking trails) such as gaps, connections and maintenance and safety concerns.|
There are also a number of site specific projects in the prospectus and funding has already been obtained for two of these priority projects. Both these projects are currently in the early stages of design and will undergo formal consultation processes through their development.
Connecting people to the creek – Primrose Street
The project will focus on the 1 kilometre corridor south of Moreland Road and will improve community recreational use and access through the construction of pathways and stairs, improvements to an existing ford, fence modifications, and the installation of picnic tables, seating and wayfinding signage. In addition, the project will enhance visibility and safety through passive surveillance. Funding for this project has been provided by DELWP through the Boosting Recreation Use of Water Initiative.
Brosnan Crescent naturalisation study
A feasibility investigation and development of a business case to progress the return of the northern most part of the concrete channel (near Brosnan Crescent) to a more natural land form. The naturalised channel is envisaged to facilitate more pedestrian access points, connectivity and recreational facilities, as well as increase community use of a linear park along the creek. This work has been funded by contributions from DELWP, Moreland and Moonee Valley Councils and Melbourne Water.
If you would like to find out more or express your interest in being a part of the group, please contact [email protected].