Melbourne sewerage pipeline transformed into community parkland

Posted 15 August 2017

ParklandFrom an open channel dividing the community, to a parkland bringing people together and providing smart water solutions; Melbourne's historic Main Outfall Sewer (MOS) is being transformed. 

As part of the Greening the Pipeline project, a 100m section of the heritage-listed channel has been reopened as parkland. 

The transformation is being made thanks to the collaborative work of Melbourne Water and design consultants GHD/GHDWoodhead.

GHD Project Manager David Howard said on opening day attendees could already see the community coming together in play, and there are hopes the remaining 27km of the channel will be converted into a “vibrant space that will connect communities and provide a unique area to meet, play and relax”.

“This parkland has been a fantastic first exemplar project for Greening the Pipeline to work on, and I look forward to hearing the stories about the connection and improvement the project brings to the previously divided communities,” he said. 

Smart water engineering elements by the GHD Water Group include a storage tank under the park to be utilised for watering the landscape, and a rain garden in the middle of the park to filter out pollutants from stormwater prior to storage.

The Pilot Park project client was Melbourne Water, with support from its partners Wyndham City Council, City West Water and VicRoads. The project was part-funded by the Victorian Government. 

Now the Williams Landing pilot is complete, project partners are looking to source continued funding for the next stage, which will see master planning of 5km of the pipeline reserve in Wyndham.

The MOS was constructed in the 1890s and was the largest civil engineering project ever undertaken in Victoria at the time, providing a vital link in the sewerage system of Melbourne.