Stony Creek Rehabilitation Plan

Annual Report Card 2020-21

EPA continues to work with Melbourne Water, Maribyrnong City Council, the City of Brimbank and the local community to rehabilitate and protect Stony Creek following the August 2018 Tottenham warehouse fire.

Released in 2019, the Stony Creek Rehabilitation Plan (2019–2029) outlines a 10-year program of actions for project partners and the community to work together to restore, enhance and protect the condition of the creek and its surrounding environment into the future.

The 2020-21 Annual Report Card provides updates on the status and progress of 18 actions identified in the plan, including projects ranging from on-the-ground works and new infrastructure, to education activities and improved water quality monitoring.

Key activities completed by EPA throughout 2020-21 include:

• A proactive compliance blitz in the Tottenham industrial precinct in April 2021, including inspections, education and regulatory notices

• Communicating results of Stony Creek water and sediment quality monitoring

• Responding and investigating pollution incidents impacting Stony Creek. Where sources of pollution were identified, officers remediated, supported industry to comply with regulations and sanctioned where necessary

• Engaging with local community including participation in the Cruikshank Park Community Day in April 2021.

We look forward to partnering with Melbourne Water and Monash University on the delivery of a water quality sensor project due to commence in late 2021.

This project will deploy sensors over an eight-month period to monitor dry weather flows in the Stony Creek stormwater network. This project will help develop our understanding of when and where pollution events are occurring in the catchment and will enable us to target inspections to problem areas in the catchment.

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