Melbourne Water is exploring a better way of collaborating to address catchment challenges and is piloting this approach in the Moonee Ponds Creek Catchment.
Moonee Ponds Creek catchment collaboration will showcase a new way for us to deliver on our commitment to enhancing life and liveability.
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
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 achieve an agreed-upon vision for the catchment:
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:
- spatial data mapping
- design guidelines
- collaboration governance model
Watch the video to discover the benefits of the collaborative approach and how it has developed a strong understanding within the stakeholder group.
If you would like to find out more or express your interest in being a part of the group, please contact [email protected].