Patterson River Litter Trap

A heavy duty solution to a significant litter problem

The Patterson River is a waterway with significant recreational and amenity values, but is also at the end of a significantly urbanised catchment, and litter is an ongoing challenge to those values.

Installation of a heavy duty litter trap would contribute to protecting those values, and prevent litter loads entering Port Phillip Bay. Several temporary infrastructure interventions have been trialled in the area but the high flows and access are significant barriers to a permanent solution.

External funding would be needed to develop a permanent solution.

Note: This end-of-system infrastructure project proposal is being complemented by the Lower Dandenong Creek Litter Collaboration which is taking a source reduction and whole-of-catchment approach.

Themes and Local Areas

Primary Theme:Waterways
Other Themes:Marine Environments, Coasts, Communities
Primary Local Area:Urban Melbourne
Other Local Areas:Port Phillip Bay
Project location:Patterson River near the National Watersports Centre
Scale of the project:One place
New or continuing work:Building on previous work

Project partners

Lead organisation:Melbourne Water
Key partners:Kingston City Council
Registered Aboriginal Party/s relevant to the project or its area:Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation

Investment opportunities

Opportunities for investors within this project start from:$$$ (Hundreds of thousands of dollars)
Estimated scale of investment for full project implementation:$$$$ (Millions of dollars)
Estimated timeframe for full project implementation:1-2 years

Contribution toward targets

Primary Regional Catchment Strategy target:Waterway amenity – Achieve an average score for waterway amenity of VERY HIGH for the Dandenong catchment. This would decrease litter volumes at the mouth of the Patterson River and the beaches nearby.

Marine water quality – This infrastructure would help reduce volume of litter entering Port Phillip Bay.
Relevant Biodiversity 2037 goal:
Relevant National Landcare Program priority:

More information

Trent Griffiths at Melbourne Water –