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 Brownhill 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 Pyramat and Stepping Boulders January 2019||Brownhill Creek Upgrade Pyramat and Stepping Boulders January 2019||Brownhill 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!
The Mitcham Memorial Library and Brown Hill Creek Project opened at the end of January 2019 and was awarded a 2019 UDIA Award for ‘Excellence in Public Realm’ in October 2019.
Framework for the Deck
|Outside the Mitcham Memorial Library||Brownhill 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.
|Brickwork on the outside||Inside the Mitcham Memorial Library||Mitcham Memorial Library Entrance|
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.
|Inside of the Mitcham Memorial Library||Steel Framing for Deck||Outside view of the new windows|
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.
|Hydraulic Services||Framing||Box Gutters and Roofing|
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.
|New Slab||Hydraulic Underground Services||Permeable Paving in Car Park|
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.
|In-slab services were installed before the concrete pour||The new slab has been poured||Underground services and kerbing have been installed in the car park|
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 demolition including removal of roof sheets Mitcham Memorial Library May 2018||Internal demolition of existing bathrooms Mitcham Memorial Library May 2018||Internal demolition works along project hoarding Mitcham Memorial Library May 2018|