Greening the west

By Ewen McRae

The Melton West environment is set to change significantly in the coming years, with the transformation of Arnolds Creek well underway.

The Melbourne Water project will remove 1.4 kilometres of concrete channel and stormwater pipe to create a natural waterway, while the addition of more than 200,000 native plants will help create a vibrant green space.

Melbourne Water integrated planning manager Kate Nagato said the project would transform the area, giving a new green space for residents to enjoy together.

“This project gives us an opportunity to turn what is a river underground, and a concrete drain, back into a waterway that people can connect with,” Ms Nagato said.

“It will be a place where we can bring our children and connect with the waterway, experience it … and turn this into a parkland with proper facilities for the community.

“It brings the biodiversity back, and it’s a really exciting opportunity to completely transform this area.”

The project will cost $8.3 million, with Melton council contributing $420,000.

Melton mayor Bob Turner said the finished park would provide a perfect meeting place for families and community groups.

“Council is proud of it’s parks, open spaces and waterways, and we really appreciate the significant contribution made by Melbourne Water,” Cr Turner said.

“The communities voice has been heard, and the feedback received has influenced the final design of the park. I look forward to seeing locals enjoying the sights and sounds of the new natural environment.”