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Greening Melbourne’s West with the Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project

Greening Melbourne’s West with the Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project

“It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become.”
~ Dr Seuss

A new project to pull out a concrete channel and replant local native trees is starting in Melbourne West – driven by a consortium including Greenfleet.

In Greenfleet’s twentieth year of operations, we are very focused on continuing to expand our impact. We connect climate action with biodiversity and provide a simple and practical way for organisations and individuals to play their part.

Although our focus remains on restoring ecosystems by planting locally native forests, Greenfleet has a visionary approach to carbon offsetting with innovative and practical climate solutions. We are currently developing new approaches which will yield many benefits for the environment as well as the local and global community.

Today, we’re proud to announce the Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project - a partnership project across government and industry to revitalise an important waterway in Melbourne’s West.

Together with Brimbank City Council, City West Water, Melbourne Water, the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, Places Victoria and the Australian Government, we will re-naturalise a 1.2km section of the Upper Stony Creek in Sunshine North, Vic - transforming it from the existing concrete drainage channel back to a more natural state.

Located only 15 km west of Melbourne CBD, this award-winning $12.9million project will create a natural open space for the community, restore habitat for native wildlife, help tackle climate change and improve health and wellbeing for residents.

Although the transformation work will start in early 2017, the project has already been recognised for the strategic planning and design of sustainable storm water management. The consortium was the proud joint recipient of the Stormwater Victoria Award for Excellence in Strategic Planning – an acknowledgement of the importance of effective storm water management in a modern city and of the fantastic work of the project’s engineers.

The Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project is a brilliant example of how cooperation between governments and government authorities, local councils, environmental and community groups can create a greener future for our cities and towns. It demonstrates how practical approaches to greening our cities can address climate change and deliver both environmental and local health benefits.

Greenfleet will restore 8.8 ha of land by planting native trees along the creek, a crucial step in transforming this urban waste land back into a green oasis.

The restoration of Upper Stony Creek will create a quality urban landscape that re-establishes a biologically diverse section of this waterway. It will contribute to community liveability, enhance ecological values and enable the retention of storm water for reuse and irrigate local playing fields and green spaces.

The Department of Health and Human Services suggests access to quality open space is linked to improved health outcomes. Providing a cool place to retreat to on hot days as well as a native bushland to immerse in nature, this reforestation project will directly improve health and wellbeing in the community.

The environmental impacts are numerous too – including the use of natural systems to clean storm water, the return of birds and animals to the area, carbon sequestration, and more shade and cooling effects on the surrounding homes, decreasing the need for electrical air-conditioning in the summer months.

Greenfleet CEO, Wayne Wescott, says “Urban forestry projects such as the Upper Stony Creek in Sunshine North will cool and heal our cities – a key step in climate action that will have multiple benefits for the rest of the century.”

“We are working on a technological-philanthropic approach to engage the community with this project and demonstrate how everyone can take real, tangible climate action. Keep an eye out for our ‘Greener Driving for Greener Cities’ program, which will practically help our community to both drive with lower impact and fund more urban greenery,” Wayne adds.

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