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.
This picturesque site is ideally suited to environmental restoration. The mix of wetland & woodland will provide habitat for a variety of native wildlife, as well as providing a valuable link in the project to create a biodiversity corridor along Arnolds creek through Melton. The creek that has been completely reworked as a consequence of extensive earthworks provides both a challenge for restoration & a blank page for wetland restoration.
In 2008 Melbourne Water conducted extensive works cleaning up Arnolds Creek in the vicinity of Brookfield Village. Weeds, woody weeds, debris & accumulated silt were removed to enable water to flow freely once again.
Darren Coughlan (Werribee Catchment Waterway Coordinator for Melbourne Water) suggested: “It would be a good opportunity for Melton Environment Group and the residents from the Brookfield Estate, with Melton Council to come together for a planting day”
Melton Environment Group (MEG) discussed the suggestion of joining with residents from the Brookfield Estate in a planting day, at our February meeting. The meeting endorsed & welcomed participation in this project as Arnolds Creek is a focus of our activities (along with Little Blind Creek & Navan Park). This project will create another link in a biodiversity corridor along Arnolds Creek, from Harkness Road in the north, through Melton, to the Melton Reservoir in Melton South.
This picturesque site, with its remnant large Red Gums, Grey & Yellow Box & small Grey Box woodland remnant beside the newly created wetland, is a prime site for revegetation. It should become both an attractive park & wildlife refuge. This site could become an important (if small) wetland, which could provide a valuable refuge for water wildlife in times of prolonged drought or effects of global warming. Intermittent creeks such as Arnolds Creek are dependent upon permanent pools for the survival of its aquatic wildlife.
When this wetland is planted with indigenous vegetation it will form a wetland habitat with a flourishing diversity of native wildlife, especially waterbirds. The wetland may be a suitable site for duck nest boxes in the future. A permanent wetland would also become a major drought refuge for creek life. Dense plantings of water plants should encourage more creek life, especially native fish & predatory insects that should control the breeding of mosquitoes. The expanse of water should also encourage bats, which consume vast quantities of mosquitoes. This site could also form part of a biodiversity corridor along Arnolds Creek through Melton.
Arnolds Creek Brookfield BioLink
2 brookfield Village cleaning
3 Initial meeting at Brookfield site June 08
4 staking trees Black Dog Drive 31 july 2008
5 sheltring fron rain at Brookfield
6 planting in rain at brookfield August 2008.JPG
7 Paul showing auger 21st august 2008.JPG
8 Linda at Brookfield 21st August 2008.JPG
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10 peter sell spraying brookfield 28 june 2009.JPG
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12 CVA planting at Brookfield 20 june 2009 1.jpg
13 lunch at Brookfield 20 june 2009 1.jpg
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15 planting at Brkookfield July 2009.jpg
16 planting brookfield 7 august 2009.JPG
17 CVA brookfield 12 August 2009.JPG
18 Lions & CVA brookfield 12 august 2009.JPG
19 CVA planting brookfield 12 August 2009.JPG
20 volunteers at brookfield.JPG
21 brookfield 30 aug 2009 1.jpg
22 MCC at Brookfield 11 Nov 2009.JPG
24 MEG- Melton Watery Wonders Tour 05092009 007.jpg
25 mulch at brookfield 4 jan 2010.jpg
26 peter & carmen.JPG
27 WLS truck & bobcat 1.jpg
29 pelican at brookfield 24 jan 2010 1.jpg
23 MCC Brookfield 11 Nov 2009.JPG