Moonee Ponds Creek Opportunities Plan

City of Melbourne / Melbourne, Australia

In collaboration with Wave Consulting and the City of Melbourne, McGregor Coxall led an investigation to reimagine Moonee Ponds Creek as a thriving open space corridor supporting a diversity of life forms, fundamental to the strength, resilience, and liveability of the city.

By 2040, the City of Melbourne’s population is projected to double. As urban development accelerates, high-performance green and blue infrastructure will be critical in alleviating pressure on the city whilst providing amenity for expanding communities. The Moonee Ponds Creek Strategic Opportunities Plan is a civic-minded urban renewal study that advocates environmentally sustainable infrastructure and open space initiatives along this significant creek corridor.

Moonee Ponds Creek was once characterized by winding wetlands that would swell into fast-flowing watercourses during heavy rain. As the city densified, the ponds were replaced and disengaged from surrounding communities. The future vision for the creek encourages social and ecological interaction through creek naturalization and landscape interventions that bring nature to the city. Permeating surrounding communities, these restored ecological systems will provide a necklace of parks and wetlands, transforming the existing underutilized spaces that currently separate the creek from the surrounding urban fabric of the city, and knitting these together.

As an integrated water design and management plan, the Moonee Ponds Creek Strategic Opportunities seeks to change our relationship and perception of water. As an advocacy document, the Moonee Ponds Creek Strategic Opportunities Plan is the first step in enabling the City of Melbourne and key stakeholders to present a unified strategic vision that can be developed into a business case and deployed over time.

Site Area

10 ha


  • Cycleways
  • Land Use and Spatial Studies
  • Landscape Master Plan
  • Open Space
  • Public Domain Strategy
  • Public Realm Planning and Design
  • Recreation
  • Water Park
  • Waterway Design and Management
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design [WSUD]
  • Catchment Planning and Design


  • Wave Consulting