Old Wells Road Water Garden.
Melbourne Water installed a large drain on this site to manage drainage problems in the area. This necessitated the removal of established vegetation along the north bank of Mordialloc Creek- a Natural Resource Area (NRA)- a traditional work area for Kingston Council’s dedicated workers in NRA parks and reserves. It was disappointing therefore to find that when the water garden was constructed by Melbourne Water, it was Kingston’s Parks people who were involved in the selection and planting of vegetation in the rain garden. Instead of continuing the practice of planting species locally indigenous to the creek habitat the Parks team involved used foreshore plants which haven’t survived the 40 degree heat. MBCL are requesting that the NRA knowledgeable team continue to be responsible for revegetation both South and North banks of Mordialloc Creek, and that the pocket parks along the banks be returned to the management of the NRA team rather than the Parks department.
The project is about to commence following discussions with suitably qualified contractors. The project will include the placement of a concrete path to a picnic area north of the reserve; a shelter; picnic tables and seats: and a viewing platform. The contractor will commence this work in January following the placement of signage to inform the public.