What is the Greening the Pipeline project?

Greening the pipeline aims to transform the reserve along the Main Outfall Sewer (MOS), running from Spotswood to Werribee, into a unique public space that takes a more holistic approach to water management and enhances community liveability.

Online and face ­to ­face consultation methods are used to understand the needs and preferences of community members in relation to the redevelopment of the MOS reserve.

This project is being undertaken as a partnership between Creative Suburbs and Wyndham City Council,City West Water, Melbourne Water and VicRoads. The project is supported by the Greening the West initiative, a 23­ organisation strong partnership of councils, government agencies, industry and community groups committed to greening Melbourne’s west.

What is the Main Outfall Sewer (MOS)?

The 27 km long MOS was constructed in 1892­-1894 as a reaction on the sanitation crisis caused by the phenomenal growth of Melbourne in the 1880s. At the time of its construction, the MOS was the largest civil engineering project ever undertaken in Victoria. For almost 100 years it transferred the majority of Melbourne’s sewage for treatment.

The sewer operated until 1993 and was included in the Victorian Heritage Register in 2001.

In 2005, ownership of the MOS reserve was transferred from Melbourne Water to VicRoads and the popular Federation Bicycle Trail was built along its length.

How can I get involved?

Consultation has been completed, and feedback has been incorporated into the design. Keep an eye on our website for future opportunities to get involved, or Contact Us.

What is the project timeline?
  • May 2016 to June 2016: Face to face and online community consultation
  • June 2016 to October 2017: Functional and detailed design development pilot parkland
  • November 2016 to April 2017: Construction of pilot parkland
  • Continue to source funding to bring this project to life!
How will the project be funded?

We will be seeking funding for the construction of this project over the next few years, and will explore a range of funding opportunities.

What does MOS stand for?

MOS is an abbreviation for Main Outfall Sewer

What is happening right now?

We are undertaking master planning for stage one of the pipeline between Lawrie Emmins Reserve and Skeleton Creek.