Moonee Ponds Creek - a Priority Urban Waterway

Before and After: The Moonee Ponds Creek today, and an artist's impression of what it could look like in the future.


Sign the Shadow Minister’s petition to make the Moonee Ponds Creek a priority urban waterway here.


We have a vision to revitalise and naturalise the Moonee Ponds Creek, creating a healthy, biodiverse waterway and open space corridor for our growing community to enjoy.

The Moonee Ponds Creek is one of Melbourne’s most urbanised and modified creek systems. In 2011, the Planning Institute of Australia described the concreting of major sections of the Moonee Ponds Creek in the mid-20th Century as one of Melbourne’s “worst planning disasters”. But it's also a much-loved part of our urban environment, home to an abundance of plant and animal life.

As part of our vision to revitalise the Moonee Ponds Creek, we are proposing an important symbolic project which would remove concrete channel at Brosnan Crescent, Strathmore and return this section of the Creek to a more naturalised state. This was the final section of the Creek to be concreted in the 1970s. The project forms part of our shared plan for the future of the Moonee Ponds Creek, the Chain of Ponds, which has been developed in collaboration with our neighbours in the City of Moreland and Creek users.

The Federal Shadow Minister for Environment and Water, the Hon. Tony Burke MP has launched a new proposed program to fund the revitalisation and naturalisation of urban rivers, creeks and waterways. He is asking the community to let him know which projects you would like to see prioritised this federal election for potential funding support.

Will you help us seek priority status for the revitalisation of the Moonee Ponds Creek? You can fill out Shadow Minister Burke’s petition here.

If you would prefer not to provide your contact details via a third-party website, you can also fill out our form below and we will add your name and suburb (but not your contact details) to our hard-copy petition, which will be provided to the Shadow Minister at the end of February.

We’d like to thank our good friends at the Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek for their support for this campaign.

Artist credit: Anna Lanigan (photo), Robert Lovick (image)

Before and After: The Moonee Ponds Creek today, and an artist's impression of what it could look like in the future.


Sign the Shadow Minister’s petition to make the Moonee Ponds Creek a priority urban waterway here.


We have a vision to revitalise and naturalise the Moonee Ponds Creek, creating a healthy, biodiverse waterway and open space corridor for our growing community to enjoy.

The Moonee Ponds Creek is one of Melbourne’s most urbanised and modified creek systems. In 2011, the Planning Institute of Australia described the concreting of major sections of the Moonee Ponds Creek in the mid-20th Century as one of Melbourne’s “worst planning disasters”. But it's also a much-loved part of our urban environment, home to an abundance of plant and animal life.

As part of our vision to revitalise the Moonee Ponds Creek, we are proposing an important symbolic project which would remove concrete channel at Brosnan Crescent, Strathmore and return this section of the Creek to a more naturalised state. This was the final section of the Creek to be concreted in the 1970s. The project forms part of our shared plan for the future of the Moonee Ponds Creek, the Chain of Ponds, which has been developed in collaboration with our neighbours in the City of Moreland and Creek users.

The Federal Shadow Minister for Environment and Water, the Hon. Tony Burke MP has launched a new proposed program to fund the revitalisation and naturalisation of urban rivers, creeks and waterways. He is asking the community to let him know which projects you would like to see prioritised this federal election for potential funding support.

Will you help us seek priority status for the revitalisation of the Moonee Ponds Creek? You can fill out Shadow Minister Burke’s petition here.

If you would prefer not to provide your contact details via a third-party website, you can also fill out our form below and we will add your name and suburb (but not your contact details) to our hard-copy petition, which will be provided to the Shadow Minister at the end of February.

We’d like to thank our good friends at the Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek for their support for this campaign.

Artist credit: Anna Lanigan (photo), Robert Lovick (image)

  • Time for a Final Push!

    2 months ago

    There's just over one day to go of the Federal Election campaign and we're still eagerly waiting to hear whether the Moonee Ponds Creek has been successful in its campaign to secure Priority Urban Waterway funding.

    It's been great to see other Creeks and Rivers in Melbourne's West like Stony Creek, the Werribee River and the Maribyrnong River secure funding announcements this election campaign. But we've worked so hard for our Moonee Ponds Creek, and we don't want it to miss out.

    Will you join us for one final push to secure funding for the Moonee Ponds Creek?

    Please share...

    There's just over one day to go of the Federal Election campaign and we're still eagerly waiting to hear whether the Moonee Ponds Creek has been successful in its campaign to secure Priority Urban Waterway funding.

    It's been great to see other Creeks and Rivers in Melbourne's West like Stony Creek, the Werribee River and the Maribyrnong River secure funding announcements this election campaign. But we've worked so hard for our Moonee Ponds Creek, and we don't want it to miss out.

    Will you join us for one final push to secure funding for the Moonee Ponds Creek?

    Please share the petition amongst your friends and on your social media channels and encourage them to join the hundreds of people who have already signed on to support the Moonee Ponds Creek.

    You may also like to call your local Member of Parliament's office to let them know why funding the Moonee Ponds Creek is so important to you as a constituent. Please be polite and to-the-point, as this is a very busy time for them! If you live in Moonee Valley, your local Member of Parliament is the Hon. Bill Shorten MP; his office can be contacted on (03) 9326 1300. If you're a Moreland resident, your Member of Parliament his Peter Khalil MP; his office number is (03) 9350 5777.

    We're so close to securing funding to make our Moonee Ponds Creek cleaner, greener and more beautiful. With your support, we can still do this!

  • An update on our petition

    3 months ago

    Thank you so much to all of you who have jumped on board our campaign to revitalise the Moonee Ponds Creek by signing our petition to the Shadow Minister for Environment and Water, the Hon. Tony Burke MP.

    Last week we presented over 200 signatures to Shadow Minister Burke's office, which is a great effort! These signatures were gathered by Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek volunteers and Council staff at the opening of the new Boeing Reserve Pavilion, the Kensington Festival, Illuminate the River 2019, at all of Council's libraries, and on this YourSay page.

    These signatures are in addition...

    Thank you so much to all of you who have jumped on board our campaign to revitalise the Moonee Ponds Creek by signing our petition to the Shadow Minister for Environment and Water, the Hon. Tony Burke MP.

    Last week we presented over 200 signatures to Shadow Minister Burke's office, which is a great effort! These signatures were gathered by Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek volunteers and Council staff at the opening of the new Boeing Reserve Pavilion, the Kensington Festival, Illuminate the River 2019, at all of Council's libraries, and on this YourSay page.

    These signatures are in addition to all of those that Shadow Minister Burke has received through his website directly.

    Over the last few days, Shadow Minister Burke has begun announcing the projects which have been successful in receiving a funding commitment under the Federal Opposition's Urban Rivers fund. We've been excited to see other rivers in the West, including the Werribee River ($3 million) and Stony Creek ($2 million) successfully receive funding announcements under the initiative.

    There's still time to sign the petition for funding for the Moonee Ponds Creek. Visit the Shadow Minister's website here, or fill out our form under the 'Surveys and Forms' tab on this page and we'll pass on your name and suburb without your contact details.

  • A Commitment to the Moonee Ponds Creek

    3 months ago
    Signing group best

    In November 2018 Council was pleased to join with 14 other like-minded organisations to formalise our commitment to revitalising the Moonee Ponds Creek.

    Alongside a number of local councils, water authorities and community groups, we signed the Chain of Ponds Collaboration Memorandum of Understanding.

    The collaboration will take a whole-of-catchment approach to the management of the creek, identify collaborative opportunities and protect and enhance biodiversity, open spaces, habitat and biolinks along the creek's corridor.

    You can read more about the MoU signing here.

    In November 2018 Council was pleased to join with 14 other like-minded organisations to formalise our commitment to revitalising the Moonee Ponds Creek.

    Alongside a number of local councils, water authorities and community groups, we signed the Chain of Ponds Collaboration Memorandum of Understanding.

    The collaboration will take a whole-of-catchment approach to the management of the creek, identify collaborative opportunities and protect and enhance biodiversity, open spaces, habitat and biolinks along the creek's corridor.

    You can read more about the MoU signing here.
  • "One of the worst planning errors in Melbourne's history": our plan for the Creek, in The Age

    3 months ago
    Article the age

    We were thrilled to see the Chain of Ponds plan for the Moonee Ponds Creek highlighted in The Age over the Christmas holidays.

    Adam Carey's story gives a great overview of the history of the Creek, including its connection to local celebrity, the "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin.

    “It’s always been a forgotten waterway, treated as a drain from the very early days of Melbourne,” said long-term advocate for the Moonee Ponds Creek, Kaye Oddie.

    In response to our advocacy campaign for funding to revitalise the Creek, a spokesman for the Andrews State government said it would consider options in the...

    We were thrilled to see the Chain of Ponds plan for the Moonee Ponds Creek highlighted in The Age over the Christmas holidays.

    Adam Carey's story gives a great overview of the history of the Creek, including its connection to local celebrity, the "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin.

    “It’s always been a forgotten waterway, treated as a drain from the very early days of Melbourne,” said long-term advocate for the Moonee Ponds Creek, Kaye Oddie.

    In response to our advocacy campaign for funding to revitalise the Creek, a spokesman for the Andrews State government said it would consider options in the future as the project develops. Currently the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has committed $40,000 to develop a business case for the removal of concrete "drain".

    You can read the full article here.

  • Interview with the Mayor on 3AW

    3 months ago

    Moonee Valley Mayor, Cr Narelle Sharpe was recently interviewed by Denis Walter on 3AW, where she encouraged listeners to support the campaign to revitalise the Moonee Ponds Creek at Brosnan Crescent, Strathmore.

    You can listen to the interview here.

    Denis Walter also interviewed President of the Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek, Kelvin Thomson, who provided a history of the project and its importance. You can listen to that interview here.

    Thank you to Anna Lanigan for preserving the interview recordings online.

    Moonee Valley Mayor, Cr Narelle Sharpe was recently interviewed by Denis Walter on 3AW, where she encouraged listeners to support the campaign to revitalise the Moonee Ponds Creek at Brosnan Crescent, Strathmore.

    You can listen to the interview here.

    Denis Walter also interviewed President of the Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek, Kelvin Thomson, who provided a history of the project and its importance. You can listen to that interview here.

    Thank you to Anna Lanigan for preserving the interview recordings online.

  • Our campaign in the Moonee Valley Leader

    3 months ago
    Heat on for creek health

    Our campaign for funding to improve the Moonee Ponds Creek at Brosnan Crescent, Strathmore was featured in the Moonee Valley Leader on 27 February.

    A longer article accompanied the piece online on 13 March, and can be found on the Leader's website, here.

    In the article, Moonee Valley Mayor, Cr Narelle Sharpe says, “In a city with such a fast-growing population, the creek provides an increasingly important connection to nature."

    Our campaign for funding to improve the Moonee Ponds Creek at Brosnan Crescent, Strathmore was featured in the Moonee Valley Leader on 27 February.

    A longer article accompanied the piece online on 13 March, and can be found on the Leader's website, here.

    In the article, Moonee Valley Mayor, Cr Narelle Sharpe says, “In a city with such a fast-growing population, the creek provides an increasingly important connection to nature."