Blind Creek reimagined

Originally published at Ferntree Gully News.

Blind Creek Trail has long been a favourite walk for many in Knox, and thanks to a recent rejuvenation project, now it’s even better.

For years we have wandered the trail wondering what it would like to have water in the creek, and now it’s a reality!

Works to rejuvenate Blind Creek between Scoresby Rd and Manuka Drive in Boronia are now complete, with water running through the creek-bed and families of ducks returning to swim!

The project has been on the go since October last year, as part of a joint initiative by Melbourne Water, Knox Council, South East Water, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), and Greening Knox.

The changes have seen the area totally transform. Tan-bark has been laid and hundreds of indigenous plants planted. There’s a pedestrian bridge as well as stepping stones to help cross the creek, and a dock platform with places to sit where school groups might come to visit.

Fay and Alan have been volunteering with Friends of Blind Creek Billabong for the last 20 years. The pair were part of the initial consultation three years ago, and they are thrilled to see the changes.

‘I am very excited about the rejuvenation,’ says Fay. ‘It has been terrific to see what is occuring.’

Jackson Taylor, MP for Bayswater, is also pleased with the progress. ‘I am so proud to have worked side by side with the community to deliver this exciting project,’ he says.

‘Community feedback showed that people wanted the design to enhance the natural environment, improving the community’s connections to the site and create an exciting and engaging space for people of all ages. These works do just that.’

We are so lucky here in the Gully to have so many special places so close to our doorsteps – and many beautiful places to look forward to visiting once quarantine is over.

In Quarry Park, upgrades and works are now complete as well – with play equipment, sandpit, BBQ and undercover picnic area ready to be opened once restrictions are lifted, along with fishing platforms by the water. There is also a viewing platform towards the city set to come.

For more information on the Friends of Blind Creek, head to the FoBCB website.