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From disaster to recovery: Rehabilitating a community and their urban creek after a catastrophic pollution event

08/08/2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

ABC news - fire incident

On 30 August 2018, an industrial warehouse near West Footscray that was housing unregistered toxic chemical waste caught fire and burned for two weeks. Firewater runoff washed into Stony Creek – a highly valued urban waterway that flows through Melbourne’s western suburbs to the Yarra River – causing large scale devastation and contamination to a five kilometre reach of the popular creek. The contamination resulted in a significant loss of plant and animal life, and for several days afterwards, the creek exceeded safe guidelines for human health.

Described as the worst pollution event to a Melbourne waterway in almost 30 years, the scale of the disaster – including the high level of community concern and significant public impacts – commanded a matching response.

Come to this seminar to hear how Melbourne Water has been working closely with the local community and their partner agencies to rehabilitate Stony Creek.

Speakers: Tom Hurst (Lead – Stony Creek Rehabilitation Program) and Edwina Manifold (Communications and Engagement Lead – Stony Creek Rehabilitation), Melbourne Water

Tom will provide an overview of the incident response and recovery efforts which required a coordinated and collaborative multi-agency approach.

Edwina will outline how Melbourne Water is working with the local community to develop a community-focused long-term rehabilitation plan to help restore, enhance and protect Stony Creek into the future.

RSVP via eventbrite.

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