​We are undertaking rehabilitation works to improve an 8 kilometre reach of Moonee Ponds Creek between Boeing Reserve in Strathmore Heights and Ormond Reserve in Ascot Vale.

​What's happening and when

The works include the removal of woody weeds such as desert ash, willows, boxthorn and broom that are scattered throughout the length of the project work area.

The main part of the works is the planting of suitable indigenous species across the 8 kilometre stretch to improve the environmental health of the area, encourage biodiversity and create a better habitat for insects, birds and other wildlife.

Impacts on residents, visitors and usage

There may be:

  • some minor noise increases as a result of the weed control works, which involve the use of chainsaws and chippers

  • temporary diversions of shared trail near Montague Street and Nursery Corner

  • traffic management in place at times during works to ensure the safety of our work crews and the community

Any path closures will be coordinated with other works being undertaken in the area and signage in place to indicate any traffic management.

Timing

Site

Location

Start

End

Days

Path closure

2

Gaffney St to Avoca Crescent, eastern side of bank, Strathmore

21/6/16

24/6/16

4

No

1c

Near intersection of Mascoma St and Eldorado St, Oak Park

27/6/16

27/6/16

1

No

1d

Sylvester St to Gregory St, Oak Park

28/6/16

1/7/16

4

No

6

Hilda St to Gordon St, Essendon

4/7/16

4/7/16

1

No

7

Montague St to Salisbury St, Moonee Ponds

5/7/16

8/7/16

4

Temporary closures entering/ exiting site

9

Vine St to Holberg St (Ormond Park), Moonee Ponds

11/7/16

13/7/16

3

Yes, detour around works zone

Works will start at the end of June 2017 and will take around two to three weeks (weather dependent) to complete. 

Revegetation will take place after the works have been completed in two stages:

  • revegetation beds installed from June to August 2016

  • scattered trees and shrubs planted in Autumn 2017

All revegetation will be maintained for a further two years to ensure that it establishes.

Why this project is important

Willow trees, desert ash, boxthorn, gleditsia and other species targeted in this project are considered environmental weeds in Victoria with strong environmental reasons for their removal.

Willows in particular pose a serious threat to our waterways. Their characteristic dense canopy, invasive roots and heavy leaf fall can smother our creeks and lead to reduced habitat and food for fish, as well as poor water quality and flow.

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Last updated:
14 February 2018