The City of Melbourne has developed a draft Strategic Opportunities Plan with proposals to revitalise Moonee Ponds Creek with a series of parklands, open spaces and wetlands.
The plan outlines a vision to connect new and existing communities along the creek corridor, through:
- future focussed water management
- public space for community activity
- active transport
- heritage and culture.
The Moonee Ponds Creek is an important north-south waterway that links several central city urban renewal precincts.
Its ecological value and health has been highly degraded by the impacts of industry and infrastructure over decades. Flooding is experienced within the corridor, and the scale and frequency of these events is expected to increase with climate change impacts and urban intensification.
By envisioning a set of key goals and articulating a series of opportunities to improve the Creek corridor, we anticipate that we will be better placed to advocate for the priorities of our rapidly growing population.
A strategic focus on urban and open space planning that strengthens the ecological, economic and recreational values of this natural asset is necessary to ensure the continued liveability of our neighbourhoods.
While the City of Melbourne does not own or manage the waterways or banks of the Moonee Ponds Creek, we are working closely with Victorian Government partners, land owners, neighbouring councils and community groups to ensure that the creek meets the needs of our current and future community.
Community consultation on the draft Strategic Opportunities Plan has now closed. The feedback we received will help shape a final document that will be provided to the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) to advocate for better outcomes for the future of Moonee Ponds Creek.