What you need to know

An entirely new wetland oasis at Rosehill Park!


The new wetland at Rosehill Park is now open to visit.

As part of Council’s MV2040 commitment to creating a green and water sensitive city we are pleased to announce we’ve completed this exciting project, to create an entirely new wetland.

This wetland has already transformed the previously arid dry parkland, to create an enriched ecological sanctuary for local wildlife. The wetland and boardwalk bridge will provide many environmental, health and social benefits for local residents.

Above all, the wetland will collect, clean and re-use stormwater runoff from the surrounding streets to irrigate the grassed oval which has never been irrigated before.

This project is a great example of a wetland system providing sustainable irrigation to green an informal recreational oval area, which is considered just as valuable for the health of the community as a formalised sports oval for organised sports groups.

Moonee Valley City Council want to thank everyone who helped make this big project possible including Melbourne Water who contributed $300,000 through the Living Rivers Grants. Thank you to everyone for your contribution, patience and interest.

Whilst the fences are down, the new plants and grass will take time to settle in and grow, so you may see workers in the park over the coming months. Our gardeners will be keeping a close eye on how the plants and grass are growing and as with all our parks we’ll continue to maintain them.

Next time you visit, look out for some of the following improvements:

  1. A new wetland that looks great, and helps improve our creeks and our bay
    Council teamed up with Melbourne Water to create this entirely new wetland at Rosehill Park as a stormwater harvesting project. That means the water that flows through our local streets and into nearby drains is now collected by the ponds and cleaned by thousands of new native wetland plants taking up the nutrients and pollutants. Once it’s clean some of it gets used to water the grassed oval before continuing on its journey to Steele Creek and Maribyrnong River, and then onto the bay.
    While the wetland is working to clean our stormwater, it’s important to stop paint, chemicals and pollution from getting onto our nearby roads and into the system. Please contact Council if you need advice on how to dispose of waste or if you see pollution or spills on your street.
  2. More native wildlife to call Rosehill Park home
    This new healthy wetland will create a great new home for our native birds, fish and yabbies. The ecological benefits include greater local biodiversity to support the ecosystem for native species such as the buff banded rails, herons and native aquatic species. Keep an eye out for all the different bird species that will now call this their new home!
  1. New boardwalk bridge structure
    Follow the boardwalk bridge to walk between the ponds to get a great perspective from over the water. The bridge also creates a great path from south of the wetland to the play and picnic area.
  2. Upgraded Carpark
    The carpark area has been upgraded to a sealed hard wearing surface with line marking, to help maximise the parking spaces for visitors coming to see this new oasis.
  3. Greener Grassed Oval
    Previously Rosehill Park has been quite an arid dry parkland with no irrigation resulting in poor grass and planting establishment. This new wetland will provide a sustainable irrigation source for the grassed oval, to provide better grass coverage for you to play on.47
  4. New Dry Creek Bed and Riparian Planting
    Whilst the new dry creek bed feature will be a great place to explore, please stay off the riparian planting around the wetland to help this planting establish in the mulched garden beds. This planting will provide essential habitat for local fauna, as well as embankment stabilisation.

And a couple of things to keep in mind…

  1. Carp!
    To help maintain good water quality and protect native wildlife, it is essential to keep our new wetland free of carp and goldfish. Carp and other introduced species including goldfish can quickly undo a lot of the work we’ve done to create this environmentally friendly, native animal sanctuary at Rosehill park. Carp are incredibly invasive as they suck up mud, stir up silt and muddy the water, blocking sunlight to aquatic vegetation and native fish and lowering water quality.
  2. Fishing and dumped Pets
    Fishing at Rosehill Park is not allowed and is prohibited. There’s plenty of great spots to throw a line in nearby, including the Maribyrnong River. Catching carp may be fun, but they have devastating impacts on our waterways and Rosehill Park is not a place for fishing. It’s why we’re asking for your help by not dumping unwanted pets in the ponds or introducing carp for fishing. Dumping pets here exposes them to harm, threats and illness. Abandoned pets should be surrendered to the RSPCA or local animal shelters, who will take care of them properly. Please help us maintain a healthy wetland by protecting it from carp fish, goldfish, exotic or domesticated ducks and pet turtles.

Moonee Valley City Council want to thank everyone who helped make this big project possible including Melbourne Water who contributed $300,000 through the Living Rivers Grants. Thank you to everyone for your contribution, patience and interest.

Read more about future plans for Rosehill Park here.