The Greens have committed $12.1 million to support the delivery of Bayside Council’s masterplan for the 14 hectare site, which will create and expand wetlands, construct a chain of ponds (which are already undeway), plant wildflower meadows and re-forest woodlands.
This fully costed funding commitment from the Greens will assist Local and State Government to deliver the Masterplan, with a focus on providing habitat for threatened native animals that reside in the park, including the eastern great egret and the grey headed flying fox.
This funding commitment will also support the rehabilitation of Elster Creek, which runs through the reserve, by expanding wetlands to harvest and filter storm water, improving the water quality of the Port Phillip Bay. The proposed wetlands cover 5.5 hectares, and it is estimated that constructing the wetlands will remove 1,620 kg of total Nitrogen per year from entering the Port Phillip Bay. Water treated through the wetland system will be harvested as recycled water and an alternative to potable water for use in public parks and gardens.
Elwood is a low-lying suburb at the bottom of a water catchment area, which means regular flooding occurs. Flooding results in loss of public amenity, safety hazards, damage to houses and high levels of pollutants flowing into the Bay, harmful to biodiversity, habitat, residents and swimmers. This flood is largely determined by ‘up-stream’ management of the catchment area.
The $12.1 million commitment will include supporting the cities of Bayside, Glen Eira, Kingston and Port Phillip to deliver the Elster Creek Catchment Flood Management Plan through the construction of 660 metres of new underground drain from Elsternwick Park to the Bay, pending further analysis from Melbourne Water and community consultation.
Rehabilitating Elsternwick Park and Elster Creek are part of the Green’s national plan to restore wildlife habitat by investing $2b each year to plant 2 billion trees by 2030 to reestablish green space in our cities, regions and suburbs.
Photo: Elsternwick Park Golf Club by user Donaldytong on Wikimedia Commons under CC BY-SA 3.0. Mild adjustments to colour.
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