Melbourne Water Assets

Melbourne Water Assets in the State Electorate of Box Hill – Preliminary Assessment For Community Use

(David Berry, Blackburn & District Tree Preservation Society Inc. – January 2016)

Asset

Melway Map Location

Melbourne Water Comments Re Potential Community Uses (via website)

Tree Society Comments Re Potential Community Uses

Pipeline easement, Balwyn

46 H/6

Mostly purple-shaded i.e. likely to be available for access related activities such as walking, running or yoga. Twenty-four hour access usually required and infrastructure unlikely to be permitted.

Suitable for:

  • Informal gravel paths and seating
  • Planting beds containing small shrubs, grasses and tufties.
  • Opportunity for a children’s playground on the corner of

    Fitzgerald and Yandilla Streets.

Melbourne Water Reservoir, Mont Albert

46 K/11

Mostly red-shaded i.e. access unlikely to be permitted for safety and security reasons. Perimeter green-shaded i.e. likely to be available for community projects and could be used for a variety of purposes depending on the space.

No access so no comment.

Koonung Creek Link, Box Hill North (includes part of Frank Sedgman Reserve)

47 C/4

Mostly yellow- and green-shaded.
Yellow: likely to be available for small-scale

infrastructure such as park benches, goal posts and temporary food vans. Unlikely to be available for large-scale infrastructure.
Green: likely to be available for community projects and could be used for a variety of purposes depending on the space.

Currently well utilised as parkland and public open space. The Koonung Creek Trail runs through this area and a playground is located here.

Koonung Creek &

Surrounds,

Doncaster East (Immediately east and west of Middleborough Road north of the Eastern Freeway)

47 G, H & J/3

Mostly green- and yellow-shaded (see possible land use descriptions above).

Large indigenous bushland with mown open grass areas and sealed shared path running east-west.

  • Install informal gravel walking paths, seating and directional

    signage.

  • Remove environmental weeds and plant indigenous species

    (succession planting).

  • Survey and assess local community interest in a park Friends

    group.

 

Asset

Melway Map Location

Melbourne Water Comments Re Potential Community Uses (via website)

Tree Society Comments Re Potential Community Uses

Elmhurst Retarding Basin, Blackburn

47 J/8

Mostly yellow-shaded i.e. likely to be available for small-scale infrastructure such as park benches, goal posts and temporary food vans. Unlikely to be available for large-scale infrastructure.

Possible uses and works:

  • Wetland/water feature creation with bird hide
  • Enclosed off-lead dog exercise area
  • Environmental weed removal/control and perimeter

    planting with indigenous species.

  • Consider ‘de-barrelling’ the Blackburn Creek south of the

    basin and create a wetland/waterway/biolink/habitat with associated landscaping and planting.

RHL Sparks Reserve, Box Hill

47 F/11 & 12

~ 50% of the reserve (most of the eastern section) is not shaded and ownership is unclear. The remaining land is mostly yellow- and green-shaded.

Yellow: likely to be available for small-scale infrastructure such as park benches, goal posts and temporary food vans. Unlikely to be available for large-scale infrastructure.

Green: likely to be available for community projects and could be used for a variety of purposes depending on the space.

Possible uses and works:

  • Formalise the car park off Albion Road
  • Create a large wetland in the northern park section adjacent

    to the Gardiners Creek inlet

  • Install a circuit of informal gravel paths around the reserve

    on or close to perimeter and creek plus associated seating

  • Plant out the creek banks/verges within the reserve to create

    a biolink

  • Plant out the embankments (east and west) to create diverse

    biolinks

  • Remove and replace the high mesh fence along

    Middleborough Road.

Blackburn Creeklands, Blackburn

47 H, J & K/11

Mostly yellow-shaded (with some green-shaded areas) i.e. likely to be available for small-scale infrastructure such as park benches, goal posts and temporary food vans. Unlikely to be available for large-scale infrastructure.

For many years this area has been developed by Whitehorse council and the Blackburn Creeklands Advisory Committee and Friends as an exemplary passive recreational space in a bushland setting and should be used as a template for other potential Melbourne Water sites within the Box Hill electorate.

Gardiners Creek link, Nunawading

48 E/10

Mostly yellow-shaded i.e. likely to be available for small-scale infrastructure such as park benches, goal posts and temporary food vans. Unlikely to be available for large-scale infrastructure.

This open section of the creek has been encroached upon by residential and institutional development.
Access is currently problematic and the link needs to be ‘opened up’ for public use as a walkway and planted out as a biolink and source of habitat for local fauna.

 

Asset

Melway Map Location

Melbourne Water Comments Re Potential Community Uses (via website)

Tree Society Comments Re Potential Community Uses

Masons Road Retarding Basin, Blackburn

62 B & C/1

Mostly yellow-shaded (and to a lesser extent purple-shaded)
Yellow: likely to be available for small-scale infrastructure such as park benches, goal posts and temporary food vans. Unlikely to be available for large-scale infrastructure. Purple: likely to be available for access related activities such as walking, running or yoga. Twenty-four hour access usually required and infrastructure unlikely to be permitted.

Possible uses:

  • Wetland/water feature creation with bird hide
  • Enclosed off-lead dog exercise area
  • Environmental weed removal/control and substantial

    planting out with a diverse list of indigenous species

  • Install informal gravel walking paths, seating and directional

    signage

  • Create a wetland/waterway/biolink/habitat with associated

    landscaping and planting

  • Section of a biolink through to Springvale Road.

Linear creek link, Forest Hill

62 D/1

Mostly yellow-shaded (and to a lesser extent purple-shaded)
Yellow: likely to be available for small-scale infrastructure such as park benches, goal posts and temporary food vans. Unlikely to be available for large-scale infrastructure. Purple: likely to be available for access related activities such as walking, running or yoga. Twenty-four hour access usually required and infrastructure unlikely to be permitted.

This waterway link joins two retarding basins (Masons and Glen Valley) and needs to be opened up east and west of Forest Road and informal paths, seats and signage installed. The result will be a linear creekland park between Springvale and Blackburn Roads running parallel to Canterbury Road.

Glen Valley Retarding Basin, Forest Hill

62 D/1

Mostly yellow-shaded (and to a lesser extent purple-shaded)
Yellow: likely to be available for small-scale infrastructure such as park benches, goal posts and temporary food vans. Unlikely to be available for large-scale infrastructure. Purple: likely to be available for access related activities such as walking, running or yoga. Twenty-four hour access usually required and infrastructure unlikely to be permitted.

Possible uses:

  • Wetland/water feature creation with bird hide
  • Enclosed off-lead dog exercise area
  • Environmental weed removal/control and substantial

    planting out with a diverse list of indigenous species

  • Install informal gravel walking paths, seating and directional

    signage

  • Section of a biolink through to Blackburn Road
  • Create a wetland/waterway/biolink/habitat with associated

    landscaping and planting.

 

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