This project is part of Melbourne Water’s Reimagining Your Creek pilot program. The purpose of the pilot is to demonstrate how urbanised creeks and drains can be developed to improve the quality, accessibility, visual amenity and ecological value of public open space.

Arnolds Creek in Melton West is the first site being constructed through this program. The Site is an artificial channel in a highly urbanised catchment that joins the Werribee River at Brookfield. The project area is a long, wide grassed floodway with a narrow concrete invert that conveys high flows with a buried concrete pipe that conveys low flows.

Scope of Work

Supply, construct, install, integrate and commission for the Arnolds Creek Naturalisation. Major elements include:

  • Community Engagement (plan developed by MW).
  • Coordination with Powercor and Western Water.
  • Domolition of existing concrete channels and underground stormwater pipe.
  • Bulk earthworks including stripping, forming a new waterway channel, clay-lining and reinstating topsoil, as well as associated stockpiling, carting and importing of materials as necessary.
  • Civil construction works including rockwork channels, concrete and gravel paths, stepping-stone crossings, concrete and timber seating areas, tables and a steel Community structure.
  • Installation of jute matting and mulching to nominated areas.
  • Connection of existing stormwater outlets to new waterway.
  • Concrete encasement of nominated existing underground services, including Western Water sewer and electrical services.

Innovation & Complexity

SFP’s key drivers for the project are:

  • Minimising community implact.
  • Stormwater flow management.
  • Staging of works to reduce project costs, duration and risk.
  • Coordination with Melbourne Water’s Waterways and Land Delivery Team for planting works, to deliver the best outcome for the local community.

Key Staff Involved

Andrew James
Project Manager

David Plunkett

Michael Mola
Project Engineer

Adam Deverell
Community Engagement

Jason Barnett
Project Engineer

Lupe Tafolo