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Woodlands Park ponds to be reconverted to wetland

In partnership with City West Water and Melbourne Water, Moonee Valley City Council is restoring the existing ponds in Woodlands Park in Essendon to native wetland.

This week, Council started construction on a $1.3 million project that includes an innovative stormwater catchment system to irrigate the park’s open spaces, with funding of $580,000 from City West Water, $300,000 from Melbourne Water and just over $420,000 from Council.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Narelle Sharpe said the crucial upgrade would turn the ponds at Woodlands Park into a functional wetland, helping deliver on our promise of a green Moonee Valley by 2040.

“This is an important step to conserving the biodiversity of the area and providing a wetland habitat for the native fauna, including turtles, Buff Banded Rails, the Australian Hobby, and Herons,” Cr Sharpe said.

“The works will also improve water quality, with stormwater from the surrounding area collected and treated through the wetland, providing a more sustainable water supply to irrigate the park. Historic photos from the 1940s show an extensive wetland system that ran right through this part of Essendon and we want to restore it to how it would have originally operated.”

City West Water’s General Manager, Strategy and Planning, Amanda Smith, said the benefits of stormwater harvesting should not be underestimated.

“Our parks and gardens need to be kept healthy, allowing them to thrive well into the future. Stormwater provides an alternative supply of water for irrigation thus lessening the demand on drinking water. It further strengthens City West Water’s commitment to create greener, more enjoyable community spaces,” Ms Smith said.

“We are delighted to have funded this project under the Greening the West initiative, knowing it will be of great benefit to the community.”

The project will include re-lining and upgrade the existing ponds, new drainage infrastructure, the installation of rockwork and erosion protection, wetland planting and a bridge crossing between the ponds.

Works are expected to be completed later this year.


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