Environmental Protection – People’s Choice

Armstrong Creek Development Corporation & GbLA Landscape Architects

Geelong Cemeteries Trust

Moonee Valley City Council

Warralily Creek Corridor Rehabilitation Stages 2A-2F Moonah Memorial Walk at Queenscliff Cemetery Afton Street Wetland and Stormwater Harvesting Scheme
Warralily is a new community being developed in the Armstrong Creek Growth Area of Geelong. Armstrong Creek is a waterway system that bisects the site. The creek and surrounding areas have been significantly degraded, with little to no biodiversity values. With a strong community focus and an established funding model, the rejuvenation of over 2.8 kilometres of Armstrong Creek and its immediate environs is complete, and now recognised as a significant waterway, biodiversity, public amenity, habitat creation and improvement project.
After extensive community consultation, botanical assessment and careful environmental planning, the Geelong Cemeteries Trust has restored a nature reserve within a protected Coastal Moonah Woodland Area. The site, known as the Moonah Memorial Walk, offers graves and cremation memorials in a beautiful natural setting. Augmented by the addition of over 1500 additional trees, shrubs and understory plants, the endangered woodland is now home to a variety of fauna and flora, while providing a unique environment for burial and cremation memorials.
Moonee Valley Council acquired and developed 17 hectares of land along the Maribyrnong River, creating a wetland that provides habitat, filters stormwater entering the river, offers passive recreation and education for the community and is a reliable water source to irrigate sports fields. The largest scheme of its kind in the region, it delivers up to 20 million litres of treated stormwater annually for irrigation, securing the water supply for sports fields, irrespective of a changing climate and water restrictions.