Restoring our wetlands

Thursday, 23 May In

Ever wondered what Woodlands Park looked like 70 years ago? You’ll soon get a glimpse!

We’re in the process of restoring the existing ponds in Woodlands Park in Essendon to native wetland, in partnership with City West Water and Melbourne Water.

“Historic photos from the 1940s show an extensive wetland system that ran right through this part of Essendon and we want to restore it to how it would have originally operated,” Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Narelle Sharpe said.

We started construction last week on the $1.3 million project that also includes an innovative stormwater catchment system to irrigate the park’s open spaces, with funding of $580,000 from City West Water, $300,000 from Melbourne Water and just over $420,000 from Council.

Cr Sharpe said the crucial upgrade would turn the ponds at Woodlands Park into a functional wetland, helping bring back native species.

“This is an important step to conserving the biodiversity of the area and providing a wetland habitat for the native fauna, including turtles, Buff Banded Rails, the Australian Hobby, and Herons,” Cr Sharpe said.

“The works will also improve water quality, with stormwater from the surrounding area collected and treated through the wetland, providing a more sustainable water supply to irrigate the park.”

The project will include re-lining and upgrading the existing ponds, new drainage infrastructure, the installation of rockwork and erosion protection, wetland planting and a bridge crossing between the ponds.

Works are expected to be completed later this year.

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