Melbourne Water and our partner agencies are committed to restoring and enhancing Stony Creek following the West Footscray warehouse fire on 30 August 2018. 

We’re continuing to work closely with Maribyrnong City Council, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and other agencies on the on-ground recovery works.

The recovery efforts are complex, and our priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of the community and the environment. 

So far we've removed more than 70 million litres of water and 170 cubic metres of contaminated sediment from the creek. We’re planning to remove another 500 cubic metres of contaminated material soon.

Other recovery works include:

  • Scraping the creek banks and pressure-washing rocks to remove contaminated material
  • Removing affected trees, shrubs and other plants in the creek and along the banks 
  • Placing barriers in the creek to collect and remove contaminants
  • Regular inspections to monitor conditions

For progress updates on the recovery stage, visit Maribyrnong City Council’s website. Or contact Maribyrnong City Council via email at [email protected] or call (03) 9688 0200. 

While monitoring within the creek has shown improvement in some levels, the EPA is continuing to advise the community to avoid all contact with water, keep pets away from the creek and not to consume fish from the area until consistently safe levels are reached. You can visit the EPA website for more information and advice on public health and water quality monitoring.

Long-term rehabilitation

We’re working with the local community and our partner agencies to create a plan for the long-term rehabilitation of the creek and its surrounding environment. For more information and to share your ideas and aspirations online, visit the Stony Creek Rehabilitation ‘Your Say’ website.   

Last updated:
14 February 2019