Designs

Gum Scrub Creek

By Outlines Landscape Architecture

  • Gum Scrub Creek

    Gum Scrub Creek

  • Gum Scrub Creek

    Gum Scrub Creek

  • Gum Scrub Creek

    Gum Scrub Creek

  • Gum Scrub Creek

    Gum Scrub Creek

  • Gum Scrub Creek

    Gum Scrub Creek

  • Gum Scrub Creek

    Gum Scrub Creek

  • Gum Scrub Creek

    Gum Scrub Creek

  • Gum Scrub Creek

    Gum Scrub Creek

About the project

Gum Scrub Creek is a collaborative project to achieve a best practice hydrological design of the Creek that fosters both public recreation and education whilst providing significant habitat to local flora and fauna
With its charmingly Aussie name, Gum Scrub Creek forms the main drainage line through the Melbourne suburb of Officer. Previously dominated by bush and pasture, the local area underwent significant commercial and residential development in recent years placing renewed pressure on this winding little waterway.

Outlines Landscape Architecture worked closely with Places Victoria, Cardinia Shire Council, Melbourne Water, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Brown Consulting, Monash University and Neil Craigie to achieve a best practice hydrological design of the Creek.

The resulting design became more than simple stormwater catchment, instead embracing the opportunity to create a series of sedimentation ponds and bio-filtration 'sponges', which will reduce the amount of water flow and improve the health and ecology of the creek.

The design includes:
• Online ponds, that hold water runoff in large storm events.
• Lateral fingers, that slowly filter water through a vegetated riparian sponge emulating the natural process of creek estuaries.
• Growling grass frog ponds, offline from the main low flow channel to prevent predatory fish species entering this habitat and threatening successful breeding of threatened species.
• Habitat corridors for the Southern Brown Bandicoot.

The flora and fauna within the 100 metre wide reserve will be 100% indigenous, sourced from locally native species while the project will serve as tangible reminder to potential for innovative and sustainable hydraulic solutions.

A research team will conduct future monitoring and testing of Gum Scrub Creek to evaluate its success and establish benchmarks for the design and construction of future creek systems.

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