Next Stage of Work Improving Upper Stony Creek to Begin

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with revitalising an important stretch of wetlands in Melbourne’s West.

Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman confirmed today that works will re-start in early December on the Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project to improve the local environment while unlocking more open spaces across Melbourne.

As well as creating a healthy and resilient waterway, a key part of the project is the delivery of the Upper Stony Creek Wetland Park for residents of Sunshine North to enjoy for years to come.

The wetland park will feature new shared paths and nearly six hectares of open space for communities to use as an outdoor recreation hub.

Key revegetation works by Melbourne Water will start from December to improve the natural habitat and amenity of the creek along the 1.2km channel, with works to continue until mid-2020.

A mesh barrier with clean top-soil will be used to safely cap asbestos below ground in the 800m stretch of the channel south of Furlong Road.  The rest of the site has already been cleared of asbestos.

Project partners are ensuring the opportunity remains to transform the concrete channel to a waterway in the future.

Melbourne Water is looking to hear from the community on ideas for additional improvements to complement the recreational values of the space at a community pop-up session on 30 November and afterwards via www.melbournewater.com.au/upperstony

Following advocacy by the Member for St Albans and Brimbank City Council the Federal Government has agreed to unlock funds for the remaining works on the project. The $11.8 million project has received $4.76 million from the Federal Government through its National Stronger Regions Fund.

Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP

“This next stage of transforming Upper Stony Creek will provide an expansive and revegetated area for all the community to interact with and enjoy.”

“The Upper Stony Creek Project is back on track, and I encourage residents to get involved in Melbourne Water’s community engagement on the complementary works.”

“We are working to transform Upper Stony Creek into a central place for the community in Melbourne’s west to call their own.”

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