Reimagining Arnolds Creek

From concrete channel to re-naturalised creek

The Reimagining Your Creek project aims to create a vibrant and beautiful linear park and open space reserve for Melton residents to connect and interact with nature.

At present, neighborhoods in the region are divided by the existing Arnolds Creek concrete drainage channel, an unsightly, dry and under-utilised parcel of land with little shade or amenity.

Alongside community partners and stakeholder representatives, Melbourne Water has co-designed a plan to re-naturalise the creek environment and revitalise more than one kilometre of land at the heart of Melton.

The old drainage channel will be transformed with vegetation and high-quality landscaping to cool the region, new community amenities, such as benches and tables, and shared use bicycle and walking paths to better connect neighborhoods to nearby schools, shops and community services.

This project is recognised as a priority (Action 17) in the Werribee Integrated Water Management Forum’s Strategic Directions Statement.

Themes and Local Areas

Primary Theme:Waterways
Other Themes:Native Vegetation, Native Animals, Communities, Climate Change
Primary Local Area:Moorabool, Melton, Wyndham & Greater Geelong
Other Local Areas:
Project location:Along Arnolds Creek in Melton
Scale of the project:One place
New or continuing work:New project/work

Project partners

Lead organisation:Melbourne Water
Key partners:Melton City Council, Greater Western Water
Registered Aboriginal Party/s relevant to the project or its area:Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation

Investment opportunities

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

Contribution toward targets

Primary Regional Catchment Strategy targets and contribution to its achievement:Waterway Amenity – an average score for waterway amenity of HIGH across the Werribee catchment.
Relevant Biodiversity 2037 goal:People connect with nature
Relevant National Landcare Program priority:

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