Brimbank Council has welcomed the announcement by the Victorian Government that works will recommence on the Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project.
Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Lucinda Congreve said she met with State Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman on site last week to discuss the project needs.
“On behalf of Council and the Brimbank community I thank the Victorian Government and project partners for this renewed commitment to the Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project.
“The Government has said we’ll soon see work restarting on site, which is great news for the community and local environment.
“Council is keen to confirm further details including the extent of works to be completed, and when we’ll see the work restart.
“On behalf of Council, I would like to thank the community for putting its full support behind Council’s campaign for the Stony Creek project.
“Through our community campaign we have managed to keep the contract for works on site alive; the steering committee of partners is still in place; and we have a petition of more than 3000 signatures from the community about to be tabled in parliament.
“We are committed to continuing to work with the state and federal government on this project.
“We will continue to advocate to the Federal Government to reaffirm its commitment to Upper Stony Creek with more time to undertake works, and more money.
“Council’s ultimate aim has always been to see the project completed in full for the community.
“We look forward to working through the project steering committee to support the recommencement of works,” Cr Congreve said.
Works on the Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project, on Melbourne Water land, began in April 2018 and brought together all levels of government, alongside private enterprise. The original budget for the project was $11 million.
The project set out to rehabilitate a 1.2 kilometre section of Stony Creek from a concrete drain back to a green, lush natural wetland, but works came to a standstill after costs blew out due to asbestos contamination.
Brimbank Council launched the ‘Save Stony Creek’ campaign in July 2019 advocating to key stakeholders within the Victorian and Federal Governments calling for the completion of the Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project.
Council’s parliamentary petition will be tabled at parliament this month