A 1.6 kilometre stretch of Blind Creek at Lewis Park will be restored from an underground concrete pipe into an aboveground natural waterway for the community’s enjoyment.
Council has worked closely with Melbourne Water to reimagine Blind Creek as part of our bigger plan to turn Lewis Park into the green heart of Knox.
The project will also involve the creation of wetlands with pedestrian bridges, waterway crossings and boardwalks.
Knox Mayor Cr Susan Laukens said the project will create an incredible place for the community to enjoy and enhance biodiversity within the 40-hectare parkland.
“In 2020, a section of Blind Creek was daylighted from Manuka Drive to Scoresby Road. When you walk along that section of creek now it is bursting with wildlife and people enjoying the area for exercise and recreation,” she said.
“Lewis Park is one of the largest open spaces in Knox. It is in a critical location with a surrounding population expected to grow to 61,284 by 2041. This project will improve its connection with some of our busiest community hubs.
“As Melbourne continues to grow, fewer residents will have their own backyards and investment in public open space will be important for all levels of government to ensure the health and wellbeing of communities.
“It takes all levels of government working together to respond to the changing needs of our community and I am grateful to the Victorian Government for partnering with us to deliver this first stage of our vision for Lewis Park.
“We have an ambitious plan for Lewis Park that includes sporting upgrades, recreational facilities, restoring habitat, a civic precinct and cultural trail featuring public art. I look forward to working with the Victorian Government to deliver our plan.”
Melbourne Water will deliver this first stage of works and is contributing $11.1 million. Council is contributing $3.5 million and the Victorian Government is contributing $2.5 million from the Integrated Water Management program. Work will start in 2023.