Jan Juc Creek back in daylight

28 April 2017

Surf Coast Shire Council’s Jan Juc Creek Daylighting project is coming to a close, with the final round of planting taking place in coming months.

The project has seen a 230m section of the creek restored, which included the decommissioning of ageing underground drainpipes and removal of 800m3 of fill, returning stormwater flows to the surface of the creek.

Surf Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brian McKiterick, said the project has improved the public space and has brought environmental diversity back to the area.

“This is another great way we are demonstrating our environmental leadership. It’s bringing back native species of plants and wildlife to Jan Juc Creek and making sure the stormwater going back into our oceans is of better quality,” Cr McKiterick said.

More than 6000 native trees, shrubs, grasses and sedges have been planted and the creek banks have been reshaped to bring back a more natural creek line.

The remediation of the section of creek has already improved the quality of stormwater flows along the creekline to the ocean, while improving the appearance and biodiversity of the Jan Juc Creek Linear reserve.

The $410,000 project, which has seen a return of native vegetation to the area, has been funded with $370,000 from the Victorian Government.

“It’s fantastic to see this project finished. It’s brought the reserve back to life and I look forward to our community being able to make the most of this revamped space,” Cr McKiterick said.