This is Melton’s own creek, flowing almost entirely with the town of Melton. Small & full of surprising contrasts, but in need of some tender loving care
A partnership project involving Melton Environment Group, Melton Christian College, Melton Shire, Melbourne Water & Waterwatch.
In 2007 Melton Environment Group & Melton Christian College began a partnership to rehabilitate the stretch of Arnolds Creek adjoining the school at Brooklyn Rd in Melton South. Melbourne Water supplied 400 plants, cleared the creek of exotic & woody weeds, then cleared & ripped six planting sites. Melton Shire funded the project with a $5,000 Adopt A Park grant.
On Tuesday 6th August MEG took delivery of about 600 plants from the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.
Seeds from local indigenous plants are collected by local environmental groups & forwarded to the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre where they are germinated and grown by women in the Centre under the direction of teacher Judy Allen (of Kangan Institute) and Helen Scott (Dept of Corrections). The Dame Phyllis Frost Centre has initiated an innovative project for growing native plants for the purposes of restoration of the natural environment as part of a horticulture course under the Kangan Institute.
Arnolds Creek flows for over half its course through the town of Melton. It flows from Minns Road to the north of Melton, to the Melton Reservoir in the south. It connects the woodland areas to the north & north-west of Melton to the Werribee River volcanic gorge in the south.
East & West branches of Arnolds Creek converge south-east of the corner of Coburns Road & the Western Highway. Brookfield Lifestyle Retirement Village is situated on both sides of Arnolds Creek at this point, on Coburns Road. Between this wetland & Black Dog Drive the creek runs through a small remnant mixed Red Gum / Grey Box /Yellow Box woodland. The narrow point of land where these branches converge contains an even smaller Grey Box woodland remnant.