27 June 2024

Works are well underway on the game-changing Reimagining Blind Creek – Lewis Park project, known locally as the Green Heart of Knox, which is unlocking nearly 17 MCG’s of open space.

Local State Labor Member for Bayswater, Jackson Taylor MP, joined Knox City Council and Melbourne Water recently for a guided tour of the site.

While there, Mr. Taylor got the opportunity to inspect the major works, which kicked off in early 2023, and are well on track for delivery later this year – on schedule.

The Green Heart of Knox project is ‘daylighting’ – bringing Blind Creek back above the ground – over 1.6km of creek between Scoresby Road to the east and Lewis Park to the west, spanning three local suburbs.

Located immediately north of Westfield Knox, what was once grass is now being transformed into a unique space for our local wildlife – with 677,000 new native plants and 1,700 trees nestled amongst a number of wetlands and harvesting ponds.

Also being delivered are a number of community assets, including rock crossing points, bridges, viewing platforms and seats.

The landmark project builds on the successful daylighting project at Fairpark Reserve, in Ferntree Gully and Boronia, proudly opened by Mr. Taylor in 2019, and will mean over 65 meters of boardwalks and over 6km of new paths through three bespoke wetlands.

The Green Heart project also ties into the new works planned for the corner of Scoresby Road and Burwood Highway, being delivered by Development Victoria, that boasts yet more wetlands and open space, including a dedicated space for the Blue-billed duck and other local wildlife.

Quotes attributable to Jackson Taylor MP, Member for Bayswater

“It was great to be able to get down to check out these works myself – the biggest environmental project in Knox for a generation – and it’s all coming together as planned.”

“As a local, I know how much Knox values its green and open spaces, and I can tell you that this project delivers that in spades, with hundreds of thousands of new plants going into the ground as we speak.”

“My thanks to those on-site getting this job done, as well as our delivery partners in Knox City Council and Melbourne Water.”