FW: Works at WTP and impacts on Birdwatchers

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Subject: FW: Works at WTP and impacts on Birdwatchers
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 05:57:53 +0000
Please note the following schedule of works and minor impacts on access to 
Western Treatment Plant over the coming weeks.

Kind regards

Russell Woodford

Sent: Friday, 27 May 2016 3:53 PM
To: birdwatching
Subject: Works at WTP and impacts on Birdwatchers

Good afternoon,

Melbourne Water will undertake the following works in WTP over the coming 
weeks, which will impact access to birdwatching at various locations across the 
site. We apologise for any inconvenience caused:

1.   Kirks Point Restoration Project
Melbourne Water is currently undertaking works at the Kirks Point Boat Ramp 
facility. These works will improve both the public amenity and the health of 
the coastal saltmarsh. The works will include constructing a carpark and 
saltmarsh protection barriers, improving fencing and the access track.

DATES: 30th May to 30th June 2016.
IMPACT TO BIRDWATCHERS:  No impacts to access within the gated areas, this is 
primarily for your information. Access into the publically accessible coastal 
reserve south of Beach Road will be closed from 30th May to 30th June 2016.

2.   Little River Fish way improvement works:
The ford crossing on the estuary of Little River within the Western Treatment 
Plant is currently limiting fish migration.
The culverts within the ford crossing will be replaced to improve fish passage. 
 Construction works will take place over a 2 week period from 20th June to - 
1st July 2016.
For safety reasons, the ford will be closed to all traffic during the 
construction period.

DATES: 20th June to 1st July 2016.
IMPACT TO BIRDWATCHERS: Gate No. 8 will be closed and there will be no access 
to the "special bird" access areas during this period.

3.   Paradise Road access works:
Melbourne Water will be installing a structure at Gate 5 (Paradise Road entry), 
which will be used in the future to improve access to the bird watching area. 
As a result of this, access to Gate 5 will be closed for 3 days from Monday the 
6th of June to Wednesday the 8th of June 2016. Please note: Once installed this 
structure will not affect bird watching access - your keys will work as per 

DATES: 6th June to 8st June 2016.
IMPACT TO BIRDWATCHERS: Gate No. 5 will be closed during this period. During 
this period please access the general and special access bird watching areas 
through Gate 4 off Beach Road.

4.   Update: Western Lagoons Saltmarsh Restoration Project
During April, Melbourne Water undertook significant works at the Western 
Lagoons to convert retired treatment ponds into saltmarsh.
Accumulated soil and freshwater vegetation that had accumulated in the bottom 
of ponds 6 and 7 were stripped and removed from the site. Segments of the 
southern embankment were opened to allow tidal waters to enter. The final pond 
floor elevations were set to promote the colonisation of the ponds by saltmarsh 
preferred by the Orange Bellied Parrot.

Minor works will continue to occur through to the end of May. The site will be 
open to the bird watching community by 1 June 2016.

For more information on these projects please call 131 722 quoting "Little 
River Ford Crossing" or "Kirks Point Restoration Project" or "Western Lagoons 
Saltmarsh Restoration Project".


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