About Gardiners Creek

Gardiners Creek is rich in biodiversity and gives our community large areas of open space.

In Boroondara, it connects the suburbs of:

  • Hawthorn
  • Hawthorn East
  • Glen Iris
  • Ashburton.

Back Creek is a creek that flows into Gardiners Creek. It connects the suburbs of:

  • Camberwell
  • Canterbury.

About the draft Master Plan

We have drafted a Master Plan for Gardiners Creek to make sure it’s protected, cared for and improved in the future. The plan is based on extensive research, feedback from key stakeholders and community views. It includes aims and actions that apply across the entire area. You can download the full draft Master Plan from the Document Library.


Our aims


Our actions for the whole area

The following actions apply to Gardiners Creek and the Back Creek catchment:

  • Assess the Gardiners Creek and Back Creek areas to find out about their health and how to continue managing their vegetation. This includes looking for more planting opportunities.
  • Commit to yearly revegetation of biodiversity sites.
  • Contribute to revegetation programs, including setting up a continuous vegetated buffer.
  • Develop a Pollution and Litter Reduction Plan, as well as advocating to and working with other key stakeholders like Melbourne Water, Yarra Valley Water, Environmental Protection Agency and other local council to better manage pollution and litter impacting Gardiners Creek.
  • Provide ongoing support to community groups to help them better manage their ‘citizen science’ projects and efforts to the community and the environment.
  • Look at ways to irrigate sporting ovals with storm water.
  • Deliver habitat restoration projects and install nest boxes for local birds.
  • Develop a new information pack to help land owners near the waterways understand how to better manage their land.
  • Make sure furniture on the Gardiners Creek Trail is accessible and looks the same.

Gardiners Creek precincts

Below is an overview map of the 6 precincts along Gardiners Creek. You can find more information about our actions for each of these precincts under 'Gardiner Creek precincts'.


Have your say

We want to know if you think the actions proposed in our draft Master Plan respond to the aims outlined for Gardiners Creek. Have your say before 28 June 2022 by completing the survey below or joining one of our drop-in sessions:

  • Wednesday 15 June from 12 to 3pm at Dorothy Laver Reserve West, Ashburton (near the pond/discovery island).
  • Thursday 23 June from 2pm to 5pm at Nettleton Park, Glen Iris (near the playground).
  • Saturday 25 June from 10am to 1pm at Patterson Reserve, Hawthorn.

If it's raining on the day, we will move to the nearest sports pavilion. We will have signage in the area with information about the updated location.

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