A priority wetlands rejuvenation project in Boroondara has received a funding boost of $600,000 from successful grant applications and construction is expected to commence in early 2018.
The Chandler Park Wetlands project in Kew has been awarded funding of $400,000 from Melbourne Water for both the wetland construction and liveability aspects of the project, including additional tree planting, a feature wall / shelter, seating and walking trails.
The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Port Phillip Bay Fund also awarded the project $200,000 for its role in helping to protect Port Phillip Bay.
Council has allocated a total of $1.2 million for the project, including the $600,000 in grant funding.
On completion, the project will provide:
- Biodiversity habitat for birds, frogs and reptiles.
- Treatment for polluted stormwater before it enters the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay.
- A feature wall from which to view wildlife in the natural environment.
- Interpretive signage containing information about local flora and fauna, wetland and billabong systems, and indigenous stories.
- New furniture and seating and a circuit walking trail connecting into the Main Yarra Trail.
“This project is a priority action from our Integrated Water Management Strategy and we are delighted its merit has been recognised by DELWP and Melbourne Water through grant funding,” Cr Phillip Healey, Mayor of Boroondara, said.
“Not only will it bring significant environmental benefits for our waterways but it will create a beautiful natural setting for passive recreation and an enhancement for the Main Yarra Trail,” he said.
For further information email Andrew Birks, Leader, Communications Strategy and Performance. Phone: 9278 4329