Adjournment – Aberfeldie Main Drain Project

Mr CARROLL (Niddrie) — I raise a matter for the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, and I note that the minister is at the table tonight. The action I seek is for the minister to ensure that Melbourne Water’s Aberfeldie main drain renewal project
proceed as originally planned in line with the initial community consultations that have taken place.

I have met with Melbourne Water twice this year to discuss the Aberfeldie main project upgrade. I have appreciated being briefed on the project by Melbourne Water and the sensitive information it has provided to me and my constituents. Although my last meeting with Melbourne Water was in July 2015, I was not aware of a subsequent proposal which was given to the City of Moonee Valley that month suggesting the installation of a bubble‑up pit in the northern area of Aberfeldie Park instead of what was previously agreed, which was the drain that would traverse the park. Indeed I was not consulted on this significant change to the project.

The use of a bubble‑up pit will result in the pipeline terminating at Aberfeldie Park rather than the Maribyrnong River, as was originally proposed and as originally the suburb of Aberfeldie was letterboxed on. This would mean untreated stormwater would be directed in and around the sporting reserve. Aberfeldie Park is home to several sporting clubs and plays an important recreational role in the local community. Moonee Valley City
Council has recently commenced the construction of a $3.3 million cricket pavilion in the park for the benefit of the Essendon Maribyrnong Park Ladies Cricket Club, which is only 75 metres away from the proposed location of the bubble‑up pit.

I believe the proposal to install a bubble‑up pit in the immediate vicinity of Aberfeldie Park where there are sporting clubs would disrupt accessibility for many in the park, with a potential increase of surface water soaking around the pavilion and the playing area. In addition, it would be greatly detrimental to the safety and visual amenity of this
beautiful, picturesque park right on the banks of the Maribyrnong River. I appreciate the minister’s assistance on this project so far, and I welcome the minister helping me to ensure that Melbourne Water proceeds with the original project as planned.