Mitcham Memorial Library and Brown Hill Creek

The upgraded Brownhill Creek through Soldier’s Memorial Gardens and JWS Morris Reserve is now officially open and being enjoyed by the community.

Brownhill Creek in Soldier's Memorial Gardens has been widened to create a stable creek to endure flood events. Natives have been planted within the creek channel and on the banks through an innovative surface material that provides bank stability and allows plant growth. Stepping boulders and logs have also been installed to create an active nature play space for use when the creek is dry or not flowing.

Further down the creek rock filled baskets (gabions) have been installed through JWS Morris Reserve and a floodwall has been constructed at George Street to protect properties from flooding and contain creek flows.

Two new footbridges and new footpaths are now also open so the community can enjoy the creek and its landscaped surrounds.

The Brownhill Creek project cost $2.7 million and is part of the greater $140 million Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Plan which is a joint project between five catchment Councils and the State Government.

The City of Mitcham coordinated the Brownhill Creek upgrade with the adjacent Mitcham Memorial Library project to create an attractive precinct. Make sure you get down and take a look!

Widening and upgrading of the Brown Hill Creek in Soldiers Memorial Gardens Brownhill Creek

Brownhill Creek in Soldier's Memorial Garden has been widened and the geo fabric (green material) and stepping boulders (large rocks) are being installed in preparation for the plantings within the channel. Gabions (rock filled baskets) have also been installed in Brownhill Creek in JWS Morris Reserve and a floodwall constructed at George Street to constrain the creek flows and protect properties from flooding. Once construction works are completed the creek will be landscaped. It is anticipated that the project will be completed in April 2019.

Brownhill Creek Upgrade January 2019Brownhill Creek Upgrade Pyramat and Stepping Boulders 201Brownhill Creek Upgrade JWS Morris Gabions January 2019
Brownhill Creek Pyramat and Stepping Boulders January 2019Brownhill Creek Upgrade Pyramat and Stepping Boulders January 2019Brownhill Creek Upgrade JWS Morris Gabions January 2019

The upgrade works to widen and upgrade the Brown Hill Creek channel through Soldiers Memorial Gardens and JWS Morris Reserve as part of the wider approval to implement the Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Management Plan (SMP) is underway.

The upgrade of Brownhill Creek channel and landscaping will address some long standing flooding issues, restore the channel to a more natural state and beautify the reserve.

The widening of the channel is required to accommodate the 100 year flow and restore a more natural channel profile which necessarily impacts mainly exotic trees with all existing high value native trees protected.

The channel works will create a stable creek environment capable of passing significant creek flows during flood events and will also allow safe nature play spaces between creek flows.

The channel widening works are being undertaken with the adjacent Mitcham Library upgrade project. This will create an improved precinct for community enjoyment. The channel and the adjacent reserve will be landscaped to a higher standard to provide an improved vista and experience both inside and outside the upgraded library and for reserve users.

Mitcham Memorial Library has Transformed!

February 2019

January 2019

The Mitcham Memorial Library will be open at the end of January. The cladding on the outside of the building and the decking is being installed. Works in the creek have also begun.

Mitcham Memorial Library DeckMitcham Memorial Library OutsideMitcham Memorial Library Brownhill Creek

Framework for the Deck

Outside the Mitcham Memorial LibraryBrownhill Creek


The Mitcham Memorial Library is getting closer to being finished! Inside the ceiling and walls have been painted, the bathrooms have been tiled and the shelving has been installed! Over the next few weeks you will see the cladding on the outside of the building begin and the timber decking installed.

Mitcham Memorial Library External BrickworkMitcham Memorial Library InsideMitcham Memorial Library Entrance
Brickwork on the outsideInside the Mitcham Memorial LibraryMitcham Memorial Library Entrance

November 2018

The steel frame structure has been completed and the cladding on the exterior of the building has begun. On the inside lots of changes are happening with the installation of the partition walls and a suspended ceiling. The windows and door frames have also been installed and the structural steel is now in place for the deck.

Mitcham Memorial Library InsideMitcham Memorial Library Steel Framing for the DeckMitcham Memorial Library Windows Outside View
Inside of the Mitcham Memorial LibrarySteel Framing for DeckOutside view of the new windows

October 2018

The box gutters and roofing sheets have been installed. In the existing building the mechanical duct units and hydraulic services have now also been installed. You now can also see the steel framing has begun on the western side.

Mitcham Memorial Library Hydraulic ServicesMitcham Memorial Library FramingMitcham Memorial Library Box Gutter and Roofing
Hydraulic ServicesFramingBox Gutters and Roofing

September 2018

The in-slab services, stormwater tanks and steel work have been installed and the concrete slab poured. The structural steel frame is being erected and demolition has begun to the internal existing library building.

The northern car park which underwent a significant upgrade including the installation of permeable paving, flush kerbs, and underground carpark services is now open for use by the community.

Mitcham Memorial Library September 2018 New SlabHydraulic Underground Services September 2018 Mitcham Memorial LibrarPermeable Paving in Car Park September 2018 Mitcham Memorial Library
New SlabHydraulic Underground ServicesPermeable Paving in Car Park

August 2018

The footings have been excavated and poured with the installation of all in-slab services. The northern car park infrastructure has been removed and permeable paving and kerbing has been installed.

Mitcham Memorial Library Install In-slab ServicesMitcham Memorial Library New SlabMitcham Memorial Library Carpark Kerbing
In-slab services were installed before the concrete pourThe new slab has been pouredUnderground services and kerbing have been installed in the car park

June 2018

A large section of the Mitcham Memorial Library has been demolished including the bathroom, part of the roof, external walls and services disconnected. Work will begin shortly on preparing the footings and beginning the structural work.

Internal demoliiton including removal of roof sheets Mitcham Memorial Library May 2018Internal demolition of existing bathrooms Mitcham Memorial Library May 2018Internal demolition works along project hoarding Mitcham Memorial Library May 2018
Internal demolition including removal of roof sheets Mitcham Memorial Library May 2018Internal demolition of existing bathrooms Mitcham Memorial Library May 2018Internal demolition works along project hoarding Mitcham Memorial Library May 2018