• Date: 25/09/2018
  • Cemetery: Altona Memorial Park

Upcoming environmental works at Altona in Melbourne's west will fast track the opening of a new memorial parkland and community nature reserve.

GMCT will partner with the Victorian Government, Melbourne Water and Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek for the environmental regeneration of vacant cemetery land in the eastern section of Altona Memorial Park.

“The environmental works will see the vacant site transformed into accessible community parkland. It will become a showcase for the natural beauty of Kororoit Creek and its immediate surrounds,” GMCT CEO, Jacqui Weatherill said.

As part of a five-year works program, GMCT will plant more than 5,000 indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses in the area, which is located on the north east corner of Grieve Parade and Dohertys Road, bordered by Kororoit Creek.

Plantings will include river red gum, blackwood, hedge wattle and ruby saltbush. Melbourne Water will also put in more than 4,000 plants close to the creek.

Given the heritage significance of the area, locations for plantings, pathways and other works will be determined in consultation with Aboriginal Victoria.

The Victorian Government has awarded GMCT a $450,000 grant for the works through the Department of Health and Human Services cemetery grants program and through Melbourne Water’s waterways for the west program.

“We’re proud to be partnering with the Victorian Government on this project and to be working with Melbourne Water and the marvellous Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek group to provide a beautiful community park,” Jacqui said.

The first stage of the project is expected to be completed in December 2018.  

 

Jacqui Weatherill, CEO of The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (left) visited the site with Minister for Health the Hon Jill Hennessy and Founder of Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek Group Geoff Mitchelmore.