Melbourne Water is currently working with council and the community to determine the future of the Old Warrandyte Dairy.
An important reminder of the history of Warrandyte as a township, the Old Warrandyte Dairy building is all that is left of the small local dairy that operated up until the 1970s and is identified as a site of local interest.
The site is owned by Melbourne Water as part of the Yarra River floodplain. The building is currently in a state of disrepair and significant changes are required to ensure community safety.
What does the project involve?
Melbourne Water has entered a partnership with Manningham City Council, Warrandyte Historical Society, Warrandyte Community Association and the local community to utilise the current dairy site, and enhance and transform it into a community-friendly space.
The plan is to remove the bulk of the building to make the structure safe for the public while retaining as much of the historical significance of the structure as possible. We will remove contamination at the site, including the removal of non-fibrous asbestos roofing that has been classified as low risk. We will also decommission an underground fuel tank.
Temporary fencing will be installed around the building for public safety, with a detour in place along the adjacent pathway when we require closure of the path through the work site.
Other changes to the site include:
- the implementation of a landscape plan, which will involve removing weeds
- trimming and removing dead vegetation.
The landscaping aims to open up the site, making it more useful and an aesthetically pleasing area for the community as well as connecting it to the adjacent Warrandyte Walk trail.
Works are expected to take three weeks to complete, weather dependent.
For more information or to provide input into the project, please call us on 131 722.