Our plan for Gardiners Creek

We have drafted a master plan to protect and enhance this significant environmental asset. 

Gardiners Creek (Kooyongkoot) is a significant urban green corridor in Boroondara, spanning the suburbs of Hawthorn, Hawthorn East, Glen Iris and Ashburton. Filled with large areas of open space, rich biodiversity, a range of different landscapes and important connections throughout our city, Gardiners Creek is an environmental asset well worth protecting.

To ensure it continues to be protected, cared for and enhanced for future generations to enjoy, we’ve drafted a master plan to guide planning in the area. 

Based on extensive research, with input from key stakeholders and our community, the draft master plan proposes a series of guiding principles and actions which aim to balance the needs of Gardiners Creek’s various users.

The proposed actions relate to the landscape and environment along the creek, access including pathways and trails, and public assets such as furniture and wayfinding signage.

They include enhancing the entry points along Gardiners Creek, considering new vegetation and planting, creating new and improved trails and spaces for rest, improving safety, and advocating to the state and federal governments for upgrades to bridges along the creek. 

We want to ensure the draft master plan meets the needs of our community, so you’re invited explore it and have your say. Visit Engage Boroondara to provide your feedback.

We look forward to hearing from you. Consultation on the draft master plan is open until 28 June 2022.

For more information contact [email protected] or call (03) 9278 4444.

A person at Gardiners Creek

Masters of Landscape Architecture student at RMIT University and Boroondara resident, Joe Hudson

Grand designs

Masters Landscape Architecture students at RMIT University are undertaking a ‘design studio’ based on the Gardiners Creek corridor, investigating 4 sites within Boroondara to test their designs. Their ‘bigger system’ approach tackles issues such as water quality and anticipated issues from climate change such as droughts, floods and impacts to biodiversity, while balancing the needs of local communities.

A Council officer from Boroondara is leading the design studio with the support of representatives from the Kooyongkoot Alliance, the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation and other experts from City of Boroondara. Students and Boroondara residents Joe Hudson and Gigi Taylor are excited to apply their studies in their own backyard by getting involved in the Gardiners Creek (Kooyongkoot) Master Plan community consultation.

Joe says his creek-side childhood making treehouses and getting to know the local flora and fauna built a 'special connection' and understanding of creek ecology, which he hopes to use to help create a more sustainable future.