Activities

There may not be any plantings over summer, but there is always something interesting going on:

FoMPC 2017 Get together

FoMPC are kicking off 2017 with an informal get-together on Monday 20 February.  The evening starts at 5pm with a briefing from Tony Smith on the proposed Westmeadows Meander project, followed by a (BYO) picnic BBQ at 6pm at Westmeadows.  Visit our Facebook page closer to the date for more details .

Moonee Valley Festival

The annual festival is held on Sunday 26 February 2017 in Queens Park, Moonee Ponds.  There will be a standing display of the draft Moonee Ponds Creek Master Plan.

 

Please keep up to date with all the very latest happenings by visiting our Facebook page, or you can check the back page of the latest Ponderings newsletter.

 

Have a look at some of our recent achievements, like the re-planting of the Lawson Street Reservehere.

 

There is always something happening on the information and planning front.  FoMPC is regularly involved in submissions or objections to projects that could impact the creek, as well as providing interesting updates.

Hopetoun Reserve, Brunswick West

FoMPC is opposed to the rezoning and sale of a part of Hopetoun Ave Reserve, Brunswick West, and has written to Melbourne Water, the Minister for Planning, Jane Garrett MLA for Brunswick and the Moreland City Council voicing our opposition to the proposal.  An Advisory Committee has been set up by the Minister for Planning to consider the Hopetoun Ave Reserve rezoning; submissions were called for and hearings will be conducted in February.  Local residents, councils and FoMPC members also lodged submissions.  You can read FoMPC’s submission here: FoMPC Submission – Hopetoun Ave Reserve.

Please see our flyer, Don’t Sell Our Parkland, for more information.

 

Updates from Dept Environment, Water, Land & Planning

Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2036. 
Review of the Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations. 
Review of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988.  Discussion paper to be released soon
Strengthening Parks Victoria. Call for feedback in Aug/Sept 2016

In regard to the restoration of creek meanders, re-forming of swales and ‘living streams’, there is a report about “Restoring Urban Drains to Living Streams” in Decision Point Online, #27 August 2106 issue; see the following link:http://decision-point.com.au/article/restoring-urban-drains-to-living-streams/

Work is underway on a submission seeking to reinstate a meander in the Moonee Ponds Creek at Westmeadows which was cut off in 1976 in what was then an attempt to improve creek hydrology.

Moreland City Council has prepared an exciting Concept Design to create a ‘Living Stream’ at the Herbert St Reserve in Pascoe Vale in another meander cut off when the Moonee Ponds Creek underwent extensive concrete channelisation.  Stormwater will be diverted from an existing underground drain through a swale that follows the line of the former creek before entering the creek.  The project will enhance habitat and biodiversity and the attractiveness of the reserve.  The concept plan is attached.  Moreland City Council gathered community feedback about the project during July and the project is expected to be undertaken over 2016-17 summer period.

Good news regarding the submission to Hume Council on  Amendment C202, which was seeking to rezone land close to the Creek in Western Avenue, Westmeadows, predominantly to a Comprehensive Development Zone.  Hume Council determined, for the third time, to reject the application for the rezoning of the Westmeadows land.  The FoMPC very much welcomed the decision and maintains that the land should remain as a buffer between the Tullamarine Landfill site, residential areas and the Creek.  It is important to preserve this section of the Creek as it retains much of its natural character, its ‘chain of ponds’ and old River Red Gums.

FoMPC Submission Water-for-Victoria

FoMPC Submission VicRoads Noise Policy

FoMPC Submission Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2036