Reactivating Romsey's Five Mile Creek

A recent tour of Romsey's Five Mile Creek.

A recent tour of Romsey's Five Mile Creek.

A long-term project to reactivate Romsey's Five Mile Creek is expected to stimulate the town and streetscape.

At the helm of the Lions project is a group of dedicated volunteers which recently secured a $5000 Melbourne Water grant to develop a concept plan.

Heading the movement, Sharyn Ede said a detailed plan was the next step in beautifying the area and making better use of the town's natural resources.

"It's about growing awareness and getting some momentum behind the creek," she said.

"It's about developing a plan of how we keep our creek clean and free-flowing and how we make it more of a tourist attraction. At the moment, not a lot of people have reason to stop there."

The concept plan will include improvements to walking and recreation pathways around the creek, ideas on how to bring more historical context to the creek and beautifying the space to encourage further use.

Ms Ede said a series of creek working bees had generated significant interest from locals and followed on from Lancefield Romsey Lions Club's efforts about 10 years ago.

Since then the local community has put in hundreds of hours of work in cleaning up the creek and there has been a strong core group extremely dedicated to the project, who bring along their own tools to weed and remove deadwood.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Melbourne Water have also been involved along the way.

"We are a diverse group of people with a common interest and we are now getting the creek to a point of good hydrology and making it an attractive place," Ms Ede said.

"This is a people's creek for kids and families and since our work began we have seen increased activity around the area."

Future projects for the creek include tree plantings which aim to beautify the space and make it attractive to local wildlife.

Another item on the list is installing creek signage to help restore community pride.

Tree Wishes' Dean Platt has been engaged to assist with creating a creek concept plan and led a recent tour of the creek that attracted about 12 people.

Mr Platt says there is plenty of potential to be unlocked and over an 18-month period he will be working on a plan to do just that.

Many creek activities are being planned including a photography or art competition. Other opportunities are still being explored.

CREEK FACTS

Romsey's Five Mile Creek flows into Deep Creek.

The Romsey Five Mile Creek is not the same Five Mile Creek found in Woodend.

The length of the creek is 11 and a half kilometres and it is 25 square kilometres.

The creek flows through old volcanic plain country around Romsey.


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