Melbourne Water is finalising the upgrade and renewal works to improve stormwater treatment and improve the quality of stormwater entering Moonee Ponds Creek.
What has happened and why
The upgrade to Jacana Wetlands involved reshaping some areas of the wetland for more efficient stormwater movement and filtration. This has enhanced our ability to effectively reach our annual targets of nitrogen and pollutant removal and improve the overall performance of the wetland. Removing nitrogen and other pollutants from stormwater allows us to better protect and contribute to the health of our valuable waterways and bays.
The improved water flow within the wetlands has encouraged sustainable growth in a diverse range of plant life, providing a habitat for many varied species. This, coupled with the recreational amenities at Jacana Wetland, provide a valuable and safe open space for the local community to enjoy.
The project started in July 2017 and was completed ahead of the scheduled July 2018 deadline. It was completed in stages to reduce impacts on the endangered Growling Grass Frog population that inhabit Jacana Wetlands.
Where it happened
Works were undertaken on both the Northern and Southern Wetlands at Jacana Reserve in Gladstone Park.
Why this project was important
The benefits to the community and the environment include:
- improved removal of nitrogen, other pollutants and debris from stormwater and improving the overall water quality entering Moonee Ponds Creek
- improved maintenance access to ensure the efficient function of the wetlands
- enhanced natural amenity and habitat to support flora and fauna in the area and community wellbeing
We would like to extend a thank you to residents and members of the community for their patience whilst we undertook these works.
We would also like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the CPB contractors who undertook the works, completing them ahead of schedule; as well as Hume City Council and Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek for their support throughout the project.