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Waterway transformation to improve liveability

A Sunshine waterway transforming into a recreational reserve, bringing improved health and wellbeing outcomes to local residents and the community.

Located 15 km west of Melbourne CBD, a 1.2km section of concrete channel of the Upper Stony Creek in Sunshine North will be revitalised back to native bush and recreational parkland.

Initiated by City West Water through the Greening The West Regional Strategy, the Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project is a collaborative partnership between Melbourne Water, Brimbank City Council, the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, Development Victoria, Greenfleet and the Australian Government, aims to create greener spaces for our cities and towns.

This award-winning project will bring improved green spaces for the community, restoring natural habitat for native wildlife and increasing wellbeing for residents through revitalisation of a barren concrete channel and field to a more natural recreational reserve.

Numerous studies from The Department of Health and Human Services and worldwide, indicate access to quality green spaces is directly linked to improved health outcomes. Providing shaded spaces, a return of native bird and wildlife and improved recreational fields will positively impact liveability of residents living in Sunshine North and surrounds.

In 2016 the project was recognised Stormwater Victoria for the strategic planning and design of sustainable storm water management. The partnership of Greening the West jointly received the Stormwater Victoria Award for Excellence in Strategic Planning – acknowledging how effective storm water management design can be successfully integrated in our modern cities.

The surrounding land with be restored with the planting of native vegetation along the creek, re-establishing ecosystems and enabling the reuse of storm water to irrigate local green spaces.

The Upper Stony Creek project will revitalise an important waterway in Melbourne’s west, demonstrating successful collaboration between government, local council,  government authorities and environment groups to deliver impactful environmental and climate change outcomes and health benefits to residents living locally and the wider community.

Visit greeningthewest.org.au to learn more about other exciting urban greening projects in Melbourne’s west.