Merri Creek Park Upgrades
A $1.7million investment in upgrades to the Merri Creek Parklands will provide improved visitor experience in the park, and help to protect the sensitive ecosystem.
Project duration & key dates
Stage One – complete – November 2019
• upgrade of path connecting Hume Freeway to the northern pedestrian bridge
Works commence – mid 2020
Works complete – end 2020
Stage two – bridge construction over Merri Creek
Stage three – east bank path to be upgraded between Whittlesea Botanical Gardens to Horne Street
$1.7 million as part of the Victorian Government’s Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC)
• The newly upgraded path links the Hume Freeway overpass and the northern pedestrian bridge with a three-metre-wide concrete shared path, providing a smooth connection for all trail users.
• Stage two works will install a service-vehicle accessible bridge over the Merri Creek which will negate the need to use the current informal ford crossing. This will protect the creek environment flora and fauna
• Stage three works will upgrade the current informal access path along the east bank of the creek. The upgrades will provide a smooth and easy connection of the northern and southern sections of the park.
• The parklands protect native grassland of state and national significance in this rapidly urbanising growth corridor of Melbourne, as well as providing opportunities to exercise, relax, socialise and enjoy nature.
• The Merri Creek Parklands Masterplan is program of 22 projects identified to improve and protect the grasslands in partnership with Hume City Council, City of Whittlesea and Melbourne Water.
- Places to see – Merri Creek Park