Melbourne Hill Road Drainage Upgrade

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We’re upgrading the drainage system along Melbourne Hill Road to reduce the risks of stormwater flooding to properties in the area.

Where is it?

The project area is along Melbourne Hill Road as well as sections of Houghton Road, Francis Street and Lorraine Avenue. The project covers approximately 35 hectares of residential area.

Why are these works needed?

The project originated in response to a severe flooding event in 2011 that impacted residential and commercial properties in the area. The upgraded drainage system will better direct stormwater into underground drains and reduce the risk of future flooding events in the

We’re upgrading the drainage system along Melbourne Hill Road to reduce the risks of stormwater flooding to properties in the area.

Where is it?

The project area is along Melbourne Hill Road as well as sections of Houghton Road, Francis Street and Lorraine Avenue. The project covers approximately 35 hectares of residential area.

Why are these works needed?

The project originated in response to a severe flooding event in 2011 that impacted residential and commercial properties in the area. The upgraded drainage system will better direct stormwater into underground drains and reduce the risk of future flooding events in the area.

The concept for the upgrade aims to:

  • Improve flood protection for private dwellings.
  • Reduce the risk of uncontrolled water flows by diverting them to underground drains.
  • Improve pedestrian safety by reducing surface water flow.
  • Minimise the number of properties directly affected by the works.
  • Minimise any potential impact on existing structures
  • Increase road safety where possible and maintain current roadside parking.
  • Preserve the green wedge aesthetic of the area.
  • Retain the peri-urban feel of the area by minimising the visual impacts of the works.
  • Minimise tree loss and replant with semi-mature stock where possible. A planning permit will be obtained for any tree removal.

The proposed concept design also considers a completed Land Survey, Arborist Report and an Underground Services Investigation.

When will the works happen?

Construction for Main Works - Phase one will began in June 2023 and will likely be completed in May 2024.

Construction for Main Works - Phase two is expected to commence in late 2024.

How will the works affect me?

Road closures

During the construction process, we will be required to close sections of the road. Appropriate detour signage and traffic management will be in place to assist with traffic flow. Every effort will be made to reduce any inconvenience during the progress of these works. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

View the road closures for Main Works phase one.

What if the new drainage system affects my property?

Some sections of the new drainage system overlap with easements on private property. If your property is impacted, we will contact you directly via mail with detailed information on the next step.

Questions?

Ask us through our online Feedback Form

Call us at (03) 9840 9333

Email us at manningham@manningham.vic.gov.au

  • Phase two survey works to begin in March

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    Phase one works remain paused while our contractor completes the necessary works at Everard Drive. Works are expected to recommence in late February 2024. In the meantime, we continue preparing for phase two.

    We have appointed a surveyor, Lawlor & Loy, to complete the survey works for this phase. In March 2024, they will begin marking the position of the new drainage pipe within property easements.

    Lawlor & Loy will contact property owners directly to arrange a suitable time to complete the survey. Depending on the property details, this will take 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

    If you have any questions about these works or the project, contact us at manningham@manningham.vic.gov.au or 9840 9333.

  • Project update: December 2023

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    As we come to the end of 2023, we are delighted to inform you that more than 50% of the work for stage three of the Melbourne Hill Road drainage upgrade project phase 1 has been completed.

    Our contractor has temporarily moved on to work on the Everard Drive Drainage project. They are expected to return to Melbourne Hill Road in mid-February 2024.

    This pause in work will give everyone a much-needed break from construction and traffic detours during the holiday season.

    There will be no road closures until the contractor resumes work on Melbourne Hill Road. All construction equipment has been removed from the site, and the stockpiles and project area have been safely barricaded as required. Our contractor has reinstated most of the disturbed area.

    We appreciate your continued patience and support throughout 2023 for this project.

    We look forward to making further progress (and completing phase one works) in 2024.

  • Project update: September 2023

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    The drainage upgrade's first phase is progressing through stage three. Unfortunately, due to adverse weather conditions and encountering rock along the alignment, the project's completion is delayed until February 2024.

    We are happy to report that we have begun planting to revegetate areas where we've completed weeding and drainage works near Houghton and Heidelberg-Warrandyte roads.

    As part of the planting, we have introduced 14 plant species, including six types of Wattles. Most of these plants are mid-storey shrubs of varying sizes, providing a diverse range of habitats and food sources for various animals, birds, and insects in the area. These Wattles are critical for various reasons. For example, Black Wattles produce gum that Sugar Gliders rely heavily on during winter. Nectar glands in Wattles attract a wide range of native insects, like ants and bees, and birds, such as honeyeaters and thornbills. The oil-rich attachment in Wattle seeds is also attractive to ants and birds, particularly the vulnerable Gang-gang Cockatoo. Studies have shown that an area's more diverse range of Wattles directly impacts bird diversity.

    We also included Prickly Wattles to provide a safe habitat for small birds. In addition, we planted Snowy Daisy-bush, which produces white flowers that attract butterflies, and Sticky Hop-bush, a rare plant in Manningham. Planting it here will help boost the local population, which occurs naturally only a few hundred meters away.

    We greatly appreciate your continued support and patience as we complete these works.

    If you have any questions or feedback about this project, please contact us at 9840 9333 or manningham@manningham.vic.gov.au.

  • Phase one, stage two, is almost complete.

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    We’re pleased to inform you that construction for phase one is progressing as per schedule.

    Stage one is complete, and we’re progressing through stage two which we expect to complete in the next week. From next week, we will begin stage three. Please see the below map showing the road closure for stage two and three.

    Phase one of the project comprises four stages in total. If you wish to review the road closures for all stages, we have provided comprehensive maps detailing the closures for stages one to four. View the road closure maps.

    We thank you for your continued support and patience as we complete these works.

    If you have any questions or feedback about this project, contact us at 9840 9333 or manningham@manningham.vic.gov.au.


  • Phase one of construction is set to begin

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    Thank you to everyone who attended our Melbourne Hill Road Drainage Upgrade Community Information Session on 27 April 2023. As discussed in the session we’re now ready to commence phase one of construction on this project.

    Construction will begin in mid-June and will include a package of early works such as:

    • Site set up, locating underground services and surveying
    • Implementation of traffic management and environmental management plan
    • Installation of drainage system, which will start in July

    Works will begin at the corner of Melbourne Hill Road and Colin Avenue. Please refer to the attached plan for details of the works and traffic management plan.

    Who is the contractor for this project?

    Kalow Holdings Ltd has been appointed as the contractor.

    How long will these works go for?

    We expect that phase one of construction will take approximately five months, subject to weather and site conditions.

    Will Melbourne Hill Road be closed during construction?

    During the construction process, we may be required to close sections of road. Appropriate detour signage and traffic management will be in place to assist with traffic flow. Every effort will be made to reduce any inconvenience during the progress of these works.

    Will access to my property be restricted?
    During construction occurring directly outside a driveway, there will be temporary restrictions on residential access during working hours (7am-4pm). To reduce inconvenience, our contractor, Kalow Holdings Ltd, will reach out to affected residents with at least 48 hours' notice to discuss their plans. Typically, restricted driveway access will last no longer than one to two days, subject to weather and site conditions. During this time our contractor will endeavour to maintain property access afterhours and asks that residents who need their vehicles during the day remove them from their properties before 7am.

    What if I need to access emergency services but access to my property is restricted?

    The contractor will always provide immediate access to emergency vehicles during the works, including access to residential properties.

    Will my bins be collected as usual?

    Please put your bins out for collection the night before your usual collection day as they will be picked up prior to 7am.

    Are any trees going to be removed as part of the works?

    Yes, as previously communicated the upgrade will require some tree and vegetation removal. The design aims to balance the drainage upgrade needs, while minimising impacts on roadside vegetation and the character of the area. At the completion of the project, we will replant vegetation and/or trees where possible.

    We thank you for your patience and understanding during construction and welcome any questions or feedback that you might have.

    For more information:

  • Have your say on environmental weed removal works

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    By late April, we’ll appoint contractor to remove the 12 trees (and environmental weeds) from the road reserve. The removal works will begin in early May and are expected to take 1-2 weeks (weather permitting).

    If you would like more details, please join us for a face-to-face information session on Thursday 27 April 2023 from 11am to 12pm at the park in front of 100 Melbourne Hill Road, Warrandyte. During this session, we will further explain the process, reason, and outcome of the weed removal (including shrubs and small trees identified as environmental weeds) works.

    Follow below link for more information about Environmental Weeds:

    www.manningham.vic.gov.au/protecting-our-environment/protecting-plants-and-ecology#environmental_weeds_and_pest_plants

  • Project Update April 2023

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    Following our communications in 27 September 2022, we’ve obtained a permit to remove 11 native trees. These trees are highly impacted due to their proximity to the drainage works and, in some cases, because they are in poor health.

    Under the dangerous tree exemption rules, we will remove an additional Swamp Gum due to its poor health condition.

    Environmental weeds removal will also take place along Melbourne Hill and Houghton roads as part of these works. This will improve conditions for locally indigenous flora species (including new and established trees) to grow naturally within the immediate environment. It will also benefit indigenous flora by opening up the canopy layer spaces and reducing competition for light. Additionally, these works will reduce exotic leaf litter contributing to the suppression of native species and future spread of weeds.

    Please see the attached map for the environmental weeds clearance area.

    The table below outlines characteristics of the 12 native trees to be removed.

    No of trees

    Indigenous

    Dead

    Early Mature


    3

    Semi Mature

    7

    1

    Mature

    1


    Community Feedback

    We are highly appreciative of your participation in the community information session and the feedback received. We’ve now responded to all of your feedback.

    We’d like to emphasise that in developing the design, we have worked with a professional and qualified arborist to assess the impacts on vegetation in line with the Australian standards. A tree management plan has been prepared and will be implemented during the works. It is our intention that the pipes near the trees are installed using root sympathetic techniques, to reduce impacts on the trees.

    We will only remove trees in unavoidable situations.


    What’s next?

    By late April, we’ll appoint contractor to remove the 12 trees (and environmental weeds) from the road reserve. The removal works will begin in early May and are expected to take 1-2 weeks (weather permitting).

    When the drainage construction works are completed, we’ll revegetate the road reserve with local, indigenous species.

    We’ll make every effort to reduce inconvenience to community during the removal of vegetation.

    If you would like more details, please join us for a face-to-face information session on Thursday 27 April 2023 from 11am to 12pm at the park in front of 100 Melbourne Hill Road, Warrandyte. During this session, we will further explain the process, reason, and outcome of the weed removal (including shrubs and small trees identified as environmental weeds) works.

    Follow below link for more information about Environmental Weeds:

    www.manningham.vic.gov.au/protecting-our-environment/protecting-plants-and-ecology#environmental_weeds_and_pest_plants
  • Project Update December 2022

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    We will begin construction on the Main Works Phase One of the project in early 2023. Phase One includes the construction of underground pits and pipes, open channel, bunding and driveways within the road reserve.

    Tenders are now being invited for the construction of Phase One Works and a planning permit for tree removal has been lodged.

    During construction there may be some disruptions to traffic flow along Melbourne Hill Road. Appropriate detour signage and traffic management will be in place to assist with traffic flow and every effort will be made to reduce any inconvenience during the progress of these works.

  • Have your say on the proposed updated concept design

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    We’ve now developed updated concept design which aims to:

    • Improve flood protection for private dwellings.
    • Reduce the risk of uncontrolled water flows by diverting them to underground drains.
    • Improve pedestrian safety by reducing surface water flow.
    • Minimise the number of properties directly affected by the works.
    • Minimise any potential impact to existing structures.
    • Increase road safety where possible and maintain current roadside parking.
    • Preserve the green wedge aesthetic of the area.
    • Retain the peri urban feel of the area by minimising the visual impacts of the works.
    • Minimise tree loss and replant with semi mature stock where possible. A planning permit will be obtained for any tree removal.

    The concept design also takes into consideration a completed Land Survey, Arborist Report and an Underground Services Investigation. We're in process of completing a Geotechnical Investigation and detailed design.

    Will the new drainage system affect my property?
    Some sections of the new drainage system overlap with easements on private property. If your property is impacted, we will contact you directly via mail with detailed information on the next step.

    What’s next?
    Feedback on the updated proposed design concept is open until 4.00pm Wednesday 28 September 2022. You can provide feedback using the survey tool on this page.

    Alternatively, you can join us for a face to face information session on:

    • 7 September 2022 from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at Warrandyte Community Hall, 8 Taroona Avenue, Warrandyte.
    • 21 September 2022 from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at Warrandyte Community Hall, 8 Taroona Avenue, Warrandyte.
  • Project Update Feb 2022

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    Manningham is at the final stage of completing the concept design for the proposed drainage. We will be contacting all residents to provide them the opportunity to give their feedback on the concept design plan.


    We are still progressing with the land survey, arborist, underground services and geotechnical investigations at the site and once these assessments have been completed, plans for easement creation will be prepared and owners of affected properties will receive a copy of the plan with detailed information on next steps.


    Kalow Holdings Pty Ltd has been appointed to construct the drainage from the front of 16 Lorraine Avenue and through the easement along 14 & 16 Lorraine Avenue boundary. The drainage works will end at the south corner of 16 Lorraine Avenue and will take 8 weeks.

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