Diversions (16.5 Mb PDF, mostly pictures)
This is the second of at least three submissions I am making to Melbourne Water’s draft Healthy Waterways Strategy (HWS) following extensive participation in the HWS refresh process since learning at the second HWS Co-governance Waterways Lab in November 2016 that the Maribyrnong catchment was slated to be the pilot for a process to be rolled out across the five subcatchments of the Port Phillip and Westernport catchment for which Melbourne Water is responsible.
If focuses on the highly modified waterways of the Stony Creek catchment as they have evolved in response to extensive flooding of H V McKay’s Sunshine Harvester factory in the late 1940s and ongoing urbanisation. Some of that history was presented to the City of Brimbank’s Heritage Advisory Committee in late 2014 through my inherited role in St. Albans History Society. This submission builds on that presentation with more details and current works, and is again associated with the History Society.