As we emerge from the COVID-19 lockdowns we’re continuing to work with Moonee Valley young people on their ideas to improve recreational options in our parks.
So far hundreds of community members have provided feedback to the Young People Outdoors survey. Given the interest, we’re giving our community more time to complete the survey, extending the deadline until the end of the year. It will now close Thursday, 31 December.
We’ll report back early next year on your ideas and what’s possible.
Until then, we do need to keep our whole community safe while balancing the needs of our young people and the environment.
Earlier this year Council hired @Leisure, an independent expert consultancy firm, and Homewood Consulting, tree management experts, to assess the safety of a number of unauthorised bike tracks across Moonee Valley.
@Leisure carried out risk assessments at four sites:
- Bourke Street Reserve/Prospect Street Reserve, Essendon
- Clarinda Park, Essendon
- Moonee Ponds Creek – Brunswick Road Exit Ramp
- 5 Mile Creek Reserve, Essendon
At Moonee Ponds Creek and Five Mile Creek there’s also been significant damage to the natural environment and plants put in by local community groups. We’ll work closely with the Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek group to rehabilitate the area.
Homewood Consulting assessed 23 sugar gum trees in and around the Glenbervie Reserve site.
In September it recommended closing the site to the public, noting that the majority of the trees contain substantial, obvious structural defects.
Further investigation has shown the only way to keep the jumps would be to remove and prune many of the nearby trees which would have a big impact to the local environment. This would significantly change the Reserve and such work does not align with the MV2040 canopy target.
Following expert advice, Council officers made the decision to remove jumps at Bourke Street Reserve/Prospect Street Reserve in Essendon, Clarinda Park in Essendon, Moonee Ponds Creek near the Brunswick Road Exit Ramp, 5 Mile Creek Reserve in Essendon and Glenbervie Reserve.
We aim to balance the needs of all members of the community but the risk to the safety of our residents and visitors is too great.
This is not the result we were hoping for and we know a lot of effort and care has gone into creating the jumps, we hope to work with the enthusiastic and inventive young people who created the jumps and hope they contribute to an upcoming feedback session run by Valley Youth.
Aberfeldie Park jumps
The tracks and jumps at Aberfeldie Park will remain but we ask users not make new jumps.
Work by an unauthorised excavator to carve out new jumps is causing damage to our park’s trees and plants.
Council crews will visit the site in the coming weeks to remove and modify some of the jumps, repair areas where unauthorized excavations have taken place and carry out other work to ensure the remaining jumps stay safe.
We want to work with the community and Victoria Police to keep these tracks safe for everyone to enjoy.