channel naturalisation

REALMstudios in collaboration with Alluvium were engaged by Melbourne Water to identify opportunities for channel naturalisation across a series of sites across Melbourne that embody the potential for improved liveability through the transformation of concrete/earthen channelised waterways.


With Melbourne Water having a target to naturalise five kilometres of waterway across the Port Phillip and Westernport region by 2021 the objective of this program was to explore how existing concrete channels can be improved to create social and environmentally rich outcomes.


The naturalisation of urban waterway corridors provide critical opportunities for high quality, accessible public open space as well as improved visual amenity. The future of the creeklines are like connective tissue that ties together the fabric of the wider context, providing a link to the various amenities, schools and surrounding open spaces and catering for improved biodiversity and habitat, urban forests for localised cooling benefits at a range of scales.

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