New Open Space Has Residents Walking On Sunshine

An old inaccessible concrete channel in Sunshine will be transformed into a network of revegetated open space in a major coup for the local community.

Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman today announced, on behalf of the Minister for Water, the Hon. Lisa Neville MP, that $2 million towards the project – which will convert parts of Stony Creek from a concrete channel into a naturalised waterway and open space corridor.

Focused on the creek area between Gilmour Road to Furlong Road – the project will return the existing concrete drainage channel back to a natural state with wetlands, surrounding parkland and walking paths.

There will be significant health and environmental benefits for local residents, businesses, schools and community groups in Sunshine North and adjoining suburbs.

The $12.9 million project draws in funding from the Andrews Labor Government, the Commonwealth Government, Melbourne Water and City West Water and a partnership between Brimbank City Council and Places Victoria.

Non-for-profit group Greenfleet will also assist with the revegetation works, ensuring the project achieves carbon offsets.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2017 following a detailed design process. It’s due to be completed in 2018.

Quote attributable to Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP

“It’s great to be part of this exciting project that will improve waterway health while enhancing liveability for the community of Sunshine North.”

“Pedestrians will have a new open space to use – while the project will also help in flood mitigation and pollution reduction.”

 ‘This is an example of government and organisations working collaboratively to deliver more liveable urban spaces for communities to enjoy.”

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