Have your say on the future of Stony Creek

Published on 28 November 2019

Stony Creek artists impression

Stony Creek is highly valued by the local community and often described as an oasis to escape traffic noise, busy roads and the stresses of everyday life. This urban waterway flows through the western section of the City of Maribyrnong and into the Yarra River near the West Gate Bridge.

We are developing an update to the 2011 Stony Creek Future Directions Plan which will address the length of the creek as it passes through our City and also incorporate a masterplan for Cruickshank Park.

Draft Future Directions Plan 2019 suggests further improvements to the creek corridor, with a vision to see rain gardens and wetlands developed to improve water quality in the creek and make it a safe, accessible and welcoming network of public open space.

The draft plan builds on earlier engagement conducted regarding Cruickshank Park and extensive community input since the 2018 Tottenham warehouse fire and the recommendations outlined in Melbourne Water's
Stony Creek Rehabilitation Plan.

A feasibility study of the creek was undertaken in May 2019, which looked at ways to improve the quality of the stormwater that ran into the creek and thereby improve the water quality of Stony Creek, this research was supported by a Melbourne Water ‘Living Rivers’ grant.

The study looked at ways to capture, treat and reuse stormwater by developing raingardens and wetlands in open spaces that would remove sediments and stormwater pollutants from Council streets and drains before they discharged into the creek.

One of the suggested ways to improve the creek is through the development of raingardens and wetlands, which have the added benefit of providing increased biodiversity and habitat, provide a cooling effect and improved amenity along the creek.

Some of the key actions the plan aims to address are:

  • a safe and welcoming space for people of all ages and abilities to encourage them to connect with nature
  • improved habitat and biodiversity
  • stormwater treatment incorporated into the landscape for improved water quality and cooling
  • increased vegetation and tree canopy cover
  • a wide variety of active and informal recreation activities
  • improved public access and connections along the creek and linkages between neighbourhoods

We are seeking your feedback to ensure we meet the priorities and expectations of our community. We invite you to view the draft plan and share your thoughts via an online survey or attend one of our drop-in sessions. Visit Your City Your Voice for details and to complete the online survey.

Generations have enjoyed Stony Creek and its surrounds and we hope that these improvements ensure that new generations will enjoy all that’s on offer for years to come.

Feedback on the draft plan will remain open until Sunday 15 December 2019.

A word from the Mayor, Cr Sarah Carter:

“Stony Creek is much loved by our community. Not only did the industrial fire in August last year cause large scale contamination of Stony Creek itself, it had a devastating impact on local plant life and animals.

“It’s imperative that we minimise the risk of similar incidents from happening again. It’s encouraging to see how this plan will reinvigorate the creek and surrounds and ensure that it will be enjoyed by the community well into the future.”

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